Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
This year for World Mission Sunday 2021, Pope Francis stated that “once we are aware and experience the power of God’s love and recognize God’s presence in our personal and community life, we cannot help but proclaim and share what we have seen and heard, impelling us to be in a state of mission, a reflection of gratitude” (Pontifical Mission Societies, May 21, 2020).
In a world where so much divides us, World Mission Sunday unites us as missionaries to help build the body of Christ through a shared mission of hope, goodness and compassion. To be on mission is to be willing to think as Christ does, to love as Christ does, to share as Christ does and to welcome all our brothers and sisters as Christ does. This message solidifies the idea that love is always on the move and inspires us to share a wonderful and hope-filled message with others that “we have found the Messiah” (John 1:41).
World Mission Sunday is set aside for Catholics worldwide to celebrate their individual and communal call to mission, to solidarity, to unity and to evangelization. Mission is so central to the Gospel, and the needs are so urgent throughout the world, that I encourage you to embrace this responsibility wholeheartedly. Every parish, every home, every workplace must be a place of mission awareness, prayer and sacrifice.
Through this World Mission Sunday celebration, our Mission Office/ Society for the Propagation of the Faith connects with the loving work of great missionaries of every time and every place. It shares directly in the work of the Holy See, not with one mission but with all missions of the world.
Thousands of priests, religious and laity who serve in various ways in mission dioceses throughout the world depend on annual subsidies from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and on the prayers of all of us. These mission churches provide a spiritual home for those most in need, offering them the Lord’s peace, hope and love.
In order to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters throughout the world, please join me in helping to make World Mission Sunday 2021 a resounding success. On behalf of all those who will benefit from your generous gifts, I thank you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Donald J. Kettler
Bishop of St. Cloud
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