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October 2, 2020

Mission Cooperative Plan Appeal 2020

On the weekend of October 24 and 25, our second collection will support the annual Mission Cooperative Plan (MCP) Appeal for our diocese.  Our parish mission organization is Orphanage of the Virgin of Guadalupe located in the Philippines.   This appeal helps our brothers and sisters who do not have access to basic pastoral services that support and grow their faith, like Mass, the sacraments, religious education as well as basic needs – like food, shelter and healthcare.   Please go to https://arlingtonmissions.org/orphanage-of-the-virgin-of-guadalupe/  to find out more about their ministry.

The Orphanage of the Virgin of Guadalupe serves  the “poorest of the poor,” especially those in far-flung areas. We serve orphans, malnourished, abandoned, abused and street children, victims of human trafficking and rape. We also run several Mission Schools. The appeal donations will be utilized as follows:
1) 65% for food, clothing, education, care of orphans, as well as a feeding program for the extremely poor and neglected people who live around us.
2) 35% for the repairing and maintenance of orphanage buildings that house our orphans. The orphanage is situated on an island which is often ravaged by typhoons (an average of 13 typhoons per year).

Through your support, the MCP Appeal helps these mission organizations form vibrant faith communities and strengthens the global Church.  Your gifts and prayers will be a blessing to families who benefit from this loving outreach in mission countries!

World Mission Sunday October 18, 2020

World Mission Sunday is the second to last Sunday in October every year. Every Catholic parish in the world is called to celebrate the Gospel challenge to be in solidarity with all the world’s peoples, especially those most in need of the Good news.  It is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice and to reflect upon our own baptismal call to mission.

Across the world and especially in the rapidly growing Church in Africa and Asia, the young churches urgently need support. Through the work of laypeople, religious sisters and brothers and priests, the World Mission Sunday collection helps support, through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith:

  • 194,855 schools
  • 5,246 hospitals
  • 17,530 health clinics
  • 577 leprosy centers
  • 80,560 social and pastoral projects.

These funds also provide operating costs for 1,150 Catholic mission dioceses around the world. For more information or to access Mission Sunday materials for your parish, please go to www.missio.org

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).