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Gospel message in action on World Mission Sunday

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“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10) are the words guiding the theme of this year's World Mission Sunday which is being celebrated in churches around the world on October 22.

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October marks World Mission Month, and the various appeals invite parishioners to reach out through their financial gifts and prayers to support local communities and inspirational missionaries like Sister Mary Goretti and the Daughters of Mary in Bujuni, Uganda and Sister Mary Hoaian and the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart in Nha Trang, Vietnam.

Catholic Mission has developed both school and parish resources for World Mission Month to create awareness of the work done in more than 160 countries.

This year’s focus of World Mission Month are two communities: the small town of Bujuni in Uganda, around three hours’ drive from the capital city of Kampala; and Nha Trang in Vietnam.

In Bujuni, Sister Mary Goretti and her team have been working for two years in a holistic health centre for mothers and babies called St Luke’s.

St Luke’s centre is responding to the lack of access to maternal and infant health care, and so Sister Mary Goretti and her staff take literally the Gospel theme “that you may have life” in their day-to-day work.

In Nha Trang, Vietnam, Sister Mary Hoaian and the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart work tirelessly to combat malnutrition, as well as providing clean drinking water and accessible health and education services for the forgotten farming families in the nation’s remote coastal communities.

Fr Brian Lucas, National Director of Catholic Mission says that each of these focus projects are wonderful examples: “Pope Francis’ World Mission Message reminds us all that… mission is at the heart of our faith. Across the world, Christians are called to live missionary lives, whether in Uganda and Vietnam, or by acting in solidarity in places like Australia.”

Throughout the month of October, various events and parish and school activities will take place, and a number of parishes will have speakers who will promote the work of Catholic Mission in Dioceses around Australia.

To find out more or contribute to World Mission Month, or to make an ongoing commitment to this work, visit www.catholicmission.org.au.

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