Pope Francis has declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Mission Month. While every October is considered Mission Month because of the celebration of World Mission Sunday on the third Sunday, this year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, which, “sought to give new impetus to the missionary task of proclaiming the Gospel.” This is a unique occasion to celebrate global mission. Moreover, Pope Francis’ message for October’s World Mission Sunday 2019 states:
“Today too, the Church needs men and women who, by virtue of their baptism, respond generously to the call to leave behind home, family, country, language and local Church, and to be sent forth to the nations... By proclaiming God’s word, bearing witness to the Gospel and celebrating the life of the Spirit, they summon to conversion, baptize and offer Christian salvation, with respect for the freedom of each person and in dialogue with the cultures and religions of the peoples to whom they are sent. The missio ad gentes, which is always necessary for the Church, thus contributes in a fundamental way to the process of ongoing conversion in all Christians.”
Cardinal Cupich wishes to recognize and celebrate all those in the Archdiocese of Chicago who support and engage in missionary efforts beyond our national borders. For that reason, the Mission Office is preparing to host a Global Mission Mass and Celebration on Sunday, October 27. All the groups, parishes, schools, colleges and universities, religious congregations, organizations, and individuals involved in global mission are invited.