Extraordinary Mission Month
October 2019: ‘Baptised and sent’
100 years ago, Pope Benedict XV released the encyclical Maximum Illud, which called on Catholics to bring the Good News to all peoples (Missio Ad Gentes). 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.
Click here to visit the official EMM page
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.
Biblical, catechetical, spiritual and theological formation for mission.
Missionary charity as a commitment to support the Church’s missionary activity and communities too poor to support themselves, through Missio.
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 Scotland, providing advice, materials and support to dioceses.
As the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, Missio enables Catholics in Scotland to live out the call received at Baptism: to share in the Church’s universal mission.
The Holy Father’s 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.
Looking to 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.
In particular, we at Missio Scotland, intend to use EMM as a catalyst to solidify October's status as Mission Month. To that end, below we have provided you with: a Mass for Missionary Children, which the Bishops of Scotland have asked to be held on the first Friday in October and a Mission Month Prayer Calendar, which schoolchildren and young parishioners can use to enhance their prayer life and own understanding of mission. These resources will be available each year during October. We have also included the EMM 2019 Prayer and four Holy Hours. Please feel free to download these PDF files for use in your schools and parishes.
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This video shows a conference of Catholics in the Americas preparing for the Extraordinary Mission Month and how they try to live out Pope Francis' vision of what it means to share in the mission of the Church.