In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (Mt 28:19)
This year we have a wonderful opportunity to begin to raise awareness in our ministries about our call to be missionary disciples with the celebration of the Extraordinary Missionary Month promulgated by Pope Francis.
Here you will find some documents to assist in your local efforts to raise awareness about our missionary call: Baptized and Sent, a prayer resource prepared by the Mission Dicastery of the Salesians; and a document with suggested activities for use during the month. Each local ministry can choose how they would like to use some or all of the suggested activities. The most important thing is that we try to unite ourselves to the Church throughout the world as Pope Francis leads us in strengthening our evangelizing efforts in our local churches and ministries.
One activity that we hope everyone will participate in is in holding a fund raising activity in your ministry to raise funds to assist the people in Venezuela, a country in our region that is suffering greatly right now. Our Salesian Family there is working hard to provide the most basic needs to the people, in addition to providing for their spiritual needs. We can assist them in their efforts with some financial aid.
You could encourage people to give up one special coffee, snack, treat, etc. each week and donate the money to the people of Venezuela. At the end of the month the funds can be sent to Salesian Missions with a notation that they are for Venezuela. You could have a donation box set up in cafeterias (of course, protected and removed at the end of the lunches) throughout the month. You could ask the students, parishioners or club members or your local Salesian Community to commit to a fundraising effort throughout the year. The Provincial House Community has already decided to do this.
Thanks for your help in making the Extraordinary Missionary Month an opportunity to raise awareness of our call to spread the Good News of Salvation.
Fr. Tom Brennan, S.D.B.
Mission Animation Delegate