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World Mission Sunday 2016

On Sunday the 23rd October 2016, the Universal Church celebrated World Mission Sunday. As a missionary Congregation, we the Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles tabled out various activities to commemorate the day.

At the Community level, each Sister was given a copy of the Pope's message to read and reflect on. The theme of the Pope's message this year is "Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy". The Sisters in the Community used extracts from the Pope's message for faith sharing on one of the evenings preceeding the celebration.

At Parish level, the Sisters talked for few minutes on the Pope's message, the aim of mission Sunday, the Mission of the Church and the participation of all people in the mission of the Church. In some Communities the Children of the Holy Childhood Association (HCA) and the Friends of OLA Sisters (FOLAS) were involved in the preparation and presentation. After the mass, parishioners visited the mission stand mounted by the sisters to hear more on the missionary activities of the Church and of the OLA Sisters all over the world. The sisters used this opportunity to recruit new members for FOLAS (those interested in going to the misssions by giving) and HCA and also vocation drive for young girls interested in giving to the missions by joining our congregation.

In the evening, some communities gathered with FOLAS, while others gathered with parishioners in the Church for the Missionary Rosary which was prayed in a creative and interesting way. The Altar was beautifully decorated in the five colours representing the five continents e.g Green, Red, White, Blue, Yellow; a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a globe or map of the world, tea candles arranged in the shape of a Rosary etc. The missionary Rosary Prayer leaflet was given to all present to facilitate active participation of all. At the end of the Rosary Prayer, the Prayer for Mission was prayed by all present.

It was indeed a joyful missionary journey for all those who participated in one way or the other. The Pope himself encourages us in this words "On this World Mission Sunday, all of us are invited to "go out" as missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to bring the message of God's tenderness and compassion to the entire human family... and to proclaim mercy in every corner of the world, reaching every person, young or old."

May our Mother Mary, model of missionaries teach us to be good missionaries and help us to fulfil the missionary mandate of the Church. Amen.

 


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