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October is Mission Month

0e1914091_missions-globe October is Mission Month.  There are approximately 1,500 Irish born missionaries working in more than 80 countries.  They continue to spread the Gospel through their work, their deep commitment to the people they serve and their Faith. 

 In essence, they lead by example and have helped to change, for the better, millions of lives all over the globe.  The people in Killaloe Diocese have been urged to support missionaries working in some of the world’s poorest countries by donating during the forthcoming Mission Sunday collection on October 19th.  The theme for World Mission Sunday in Ireland this year 2014 is "That they may have Life”.   As we thank you for your wonderful generosity to the Missions over the years we invite you to please continue to help our young churches to share the gift of faith though your prayer and whatever financial assistance you can. 

The people in Killaloe Diocese have been urged to support missionaries working in some of the world’s poorest countries by donating during the forthcoming Mission Sunday collection on October 19th.  The collection takes place in Churches throughout Ireland and the world on Sunday, 19th October. The celebration of Mission Sunday will take place at the conclusion of the Synod of Bishops on the “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization”.

On Mission Sunday each year throughout the world the faithful will reflect on the universal call to Mission of all the baptized and they will be invited to contribute what they can to support the development and growth of the young churches throughout the world. Mission Sunday is celebrated by every Church throughout the world, including the poorest. This special Sunday in October provides Catholics with the opportunity to unite with their missionary sisters and brothers overseas, and to recommit themselves to bringing the Joy of the Gospel to everyone they meet in their daily lives at home and at work.

The theme for World Mission Sunday in Ireland this year 2014 is "That they may have Life”  Pope Francis, in his message for this Mission Sunday, asks us to reflect on the joy Luke’s Gospel reveals.

 “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew.”

Please help our young churches to share the gift of faith though your prayer and whatever financial assistance you can.  On Mission Sunday, in a special way, we celebrate the work of approximately 1,300 Irish born missionaries still serving on the mission and all missionaries throughout the world. We thank God for them, for all who support them in our own country and during mission month we unite ourselves in prayer with them and with the communities with whom they work. The appeal was made by the Diocesan Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Fr Tom O’Halloran who has praised the continued generosity of the people of the Diocese in cash strapped times.

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