• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:03

2013 Mission Sunday – An Invitation to Thanksgiving and Celebration

 

World Mission Sunday, which we will celebrate on October 20th 2013 is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit ourselves to the Church's missionary activity through prayer, sacrifice and personal involvement. In collaboration with the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and with our lay partners in Mission, we as SVD members support and celebrate with the local and worldwide Church our unique calling to God’s Mission.


The observance of Mission Sunday has special meaning for us Divine Word Missionaries. It reminds us that we are followers of the Word and missionaries of the Word. To be effective we all need to grow in our “competence” to witness to the Word and share the Word across the boundaries of culture.


In his reflection on 2013 Mission Sunday, Fr. Tim Lehane, SVD, the Secretary General of the Society of the Pontifical Society of the Propagation of Faith, suggests that this year the celebration of World Mission Day has a very special meaning: “because we celebrate it in an era of new beginnings: The Year of Faith, a New Pontiff and a new SVD Superior General. Each of these inspires innovation and growth in the key services that we offer as missionaries.” (Arnoldus Nota, October 2013, p.4.)


In his message for Mission Sunday, Pope Francis emphasized the obligation of all Christians to share the faith with others: “Faith is God’s precious gift, which opens our mind to know and love him. He wants to enter into relationship with us and allow us to participate in his own life in order to make our life more meaningful, better and more beautiful. God loves us!.... Everyone should be able to experience the joy of being loved by God, the joy of salvation! It is a gift that one cannot keep to oneself, but it is to be shared.”


I wish everyone a very happy Mission Sunday and invite you to celebrate it with your parish community. We would also be happy to welcome you to your local SVD community.

In the Divine Word


Fr Henry Adler SVD
AUS Mission Secretary