Pandemic affects World Mission Contribution
Fr Gerome Pelagio, Mission Director of the Archdiocese, thanked all the parishes who supported the World Mission Sunday held last October. All the 92 parishes of Caceres remitted their contributions to the Mission Office. Catholic Schools contributioms will also be tallied later.
Due to pandemic, the 2020 contribution was the lowest in the past three years. In 2018- P484,201.25; in 2019-P 439,573.41 and in 2020-P182,441.00.
In 1926, Pope Pius XI established an annual collection for the missionary work of the Church worldwide called “World Mission Sunday.” World Mission Sunday, organized by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice.
As described by Pope John Paul II, World Mission Sunday is “an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches how to give: as an offering made to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world” (Redemptoris Missio 81).
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith is entrusted with the promotion of World Mission Sunday, collection of the proceeds, and distribution of the proceeds. As a representative of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Mission Office in St. Louis sends the proceeds to the National Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States. Offerings from Catholics in the United States, on World Mission Sunday and throughout the year, are combined with offerings to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith worldwide.
Where Does your World Mission Sunday Gift Help?
* 1,200 schools, educating children in some of the poorest parts of the world
* 9,000 clinics caring for the sick and dying
* 9,000 religious sisters and brothers in formation programs
* 10,000 orphanages, providing a place of safety and shelter
* 30,000 seminarians preparing for the priesthood