This year World Mission Day is Sunday 21 October. Globally, Catholic Mission has the responsibility of promoting a dignified and fruitful celebration of World Mission Day.
In this Year of Grace and Year of Faith, we have been asked by Pope Benedict XVI and the Bishops of Australia to deepen our relationship with Christ and strengthen our commitment to sharing the Gospel message. Here in Australia, the whole month of October has been dedicated to restoring hope to those who suffer from exclusion, poverty, injustice and those whose life has been diminished in some way.
This year, the focus in Australia is on our brothers and sisters in the Philippines, with school children being encouraged to 'restore hope to a special someone'. A school resources kit has been provided to every Catholic school throughout the country, which aims to provide opportunities for teachers and students to deepen their understanding about issues of mission and justice. The resources have a special emphasis on hope and how we can commit to building a better world for God's people, a world where everyone has all they need to live a dignified and fulfilled life.
For the first time, a powerful and inspirational school DVD 'Restore Hope to a Special Someone' has been created, which encourages each person to be involved in the work of global mission and to share the loving grace of God with all. Featured in the DVD is the incredibly moving song 'A Special Someone' by Jeremy Fowler, from emerging Christian band New Empire.
Catholic Mission is blessed and very grateful to Jeremy for providing them with the rights to use his musical gift to enhance our work. To see the clip, please go to www.catholicmission.org.au/aspecialsomeoneDVD
The school resources can also be found online; these web-based interactive learning resources and activities will help to educate and inspire the whole school community to fundraise, advocate and pray for children in desperate need.
Fundraising for Catholic Mission is an excellent way for children here in Australia to connect with children in the Philippines and around the world and to help make a real difference in their lives-providing nutrition, shelter, health care and education. When schools fundraise for Catholic Mission, the money goes directly to support children in need.
Catholic Mission's new peer-to-peer fundraising program makes supporting those who truly need it simple. Students can create their own individual events and collect donations from family and friends for their efforts. To find out how you or your school can support Catholic Mission, please visit http://www.catholicmission.org.au/get-involved/fundraise-for-us
You are encouraged to join with Catholic Mission this World Mission Month to reach out and help children who are vulnerable, impoverished and helpless in the Philippines and throughout the world.
To find out how you can contribute call 1800 257 296 or visit Catholic Mission.