Baptized and Sent:

The Church of Christ on Mission in the World.

Extraordinary
Missionary Month

This special month opens today, on the feast of Saint Therese of Lisieux, patroness of the Missions together with Saint Francis Xavier, and has its culmination in the celebration of World Mission Sunday marked this year on 20 October.
The emphasis throughout the month should be on Missionary Discipleship, a term Pope Francis promoted in his Apostolic Exhortation: The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium).
We are all called to witness to our faith in the place that we live in, and some will be called to do this in places in even great need or which have not heard the Good News of Salvation.

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

 

The Extraordinary Missionary Month was called for by Pope Francis two years ago on World Mission Sunday.  
“For the month of October 2019”, he said “I ask the whole Church to live an extraordinary time of missionary activity”.
He also explained it marks the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, a document on the Church’s mission to bring to the world the salvation of Jesus Christ, which he described as prophetic and far-sighted.
Read the Message

 

The booklet edited by the Dicastery for Salesian Missions was elaborated in the form of a diary that accompanies the reader / missionary throughout the month of October 2019, offering different elements for reflection each day. It features:- A quote from the Maximum Illud;
– Biblical references related to the same subject;
– A reflection of the magisterium of the pontiffs following Benedict XV;
– A thought of Pope Francis;
– A starting point derived from the documents of the Congregation.

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Here we have 11 suggestions prepared by Fr. Thomas Brennan for helping our salesian communities and works to celebrate this Extraordinary Missionary Month of October.

<< The Church which “goes forth” is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice.>>

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Donation

During this Extraordinary Mission Month, the Salesians of Don Bosco in the Eastern United States want to show their solidarity with the least among us in Venezuela, a nation whose people are suffering greatly as they lack even basic necessities. The Salesian Family in Venezuela continues to provide the people with as much as they can, but they need additional help to care for the needy children and families they serve.

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Missionary Month and
Synod of Bishops

And while some fear that the 3-week Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region may overshadow the Missionary Month, the Pope has already spoken of ties between the two events saying:  “We pray that the Synod for the Amazon can help provide a more evangelical approach to missionary work in this area of the world that is so troubled, so unjustly exploited and so much in need of the salvation of Jesus Christ.”