My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, World Mission Sunday will be celebrated in our local church and throughout the world on October 23. On this 90th World Mission Sunday, your role is critical in reminding your parish family of our common missionary call. We have the opportunity to change the world through merciful acts: our prayers and sacrifices accompanying the good works carried out in Mission Churches across the globe. This annual gift, gathered through the World Mission Sunday collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, supports missionaries serving in more than 1,111 mission dioceses, each of which fervently needs help to provide service and spiritual comfort for the poorest and most vulnerable, sanctifying them with the Sacraments, and offering them the Lord’s hope and peace. A portion of this gift is also shared with our own diocese in support of our mission trips to the Philippines, Bolivia, Africa and the Navajo nation. Each year hundreds of adults and university students donate two weeks to their time and talent to connect with other people in diverse cultures and live their vocation as missionary disciples. Preparation for World Mission Sunday begins in the early weeks of October. The materials that your parish has received will assist in that preparation, as well as with the celebration itself, providing information about the Missions and suggestions for the Liturgy. Additional materials are available online at IAmAMissionary.org. (Name of Propagation of the Faith director), our Director for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, is also able for further assistance. As Pope Francis reminds us in his Message for World Mission Sunday 2016, “Let us not close our hearts within our own particular concerns, but let us open them to all of humanity.” May you and your parish be blessed with a spirit of God’s mercy through His mission, in this Jubilee Year of Mercy and always! May God bless you and your loved ones.