October 2019: ‘Baptised and sent’
It’s 100 years since Pope Benedict XV’s encyclical Maximum Illud called on Catholics to bring the Good News to all peoples (Missio Ad Gentes). So to commemorate this anniversary, Pope Francis has declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM). This special month of prayer and action calls us all to renew our missionary commitment. We are called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all peoples.
Revitalise, renew, reawaken
For the four weeks of October 2019, the Holy Father has approved four themes:
- A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church.
- The witness of missionary saints and martyrs.
- Missionary charity as a commitment to support the Church’s missionary activity and communities too poor to support themselves, through Missio.
- Biblical, catechetical, spiritual and theological formation for mission.
Through these dimensions the Holy Father invites us to renew and reawaken our commitment to mission.
Here to help
The EMM is to be an opportunity for reflection, prayer and support for the whole Church. And in the lead-up to EMM 2019, Missio will be here to help the Church in England and Wales, providing expertise, materials and support to dioceses.
As the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, Missio enables Catholics in England and Wales to live out the call received at Baptism: to share in the Church’s universal mission.
The Holy Father expresses his care for all Churches through the prayer and solidarity Missio encourages. Thanks to your support, Missio can help Churches in mission dioceses reach out to their own communities with the love and compassion of Christ.
You can access some materials below, or find the official EMM guide here.
Into the future
The EMM is not an end in itself, but a means to revitalise, renew, and reawaken ongoing commitment to Missio Ad Gentes. Missio will continue to play its part in encouraging and channelling this commitment to developing Church communities abroad.
Look out for more updates, resources and information throughout the year, as we build towards EMM in October 2019.