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October a special month for us to become more aware 

of the missionary nature of our faith journey.

For Mission Sunday in October this year (2019) Pope Francis has asked Catholics to renew their missionary zeal.  He is so keen that the Church becomes more missionary that he has asked that Catholics everywhere to dedicate the whole of October 2019 as an ‘extraordinary’ month of mission.  

(To read Pope Francis's full message for World Mission day please click here

None of us in the Church today should ever be seen as ‘passive recipients’. We all have a mission. The mission for most is in their own parish, being involved, participating, using the gifts God has given – but always for the good of the Church and the good of others. It would be wrong if any of us saw the Church as a place, or as an institution there to serve ‘my needs’ and not requiring any involvement or participation from ‘me’. Our Baptism calls for us all to be involved." Cardinal John Dew WelCom September 2019:

DAILY MEDITATIONS FOR OCTOBER  “The Church of Christ on Mission in the World” is a daily reflection for the Extraordinary Month of Mission October 2019. These brief meditations correspond to the spiritual dimensions indicated by Pope Francis in his call for this Extraordinary Missionary Month. Pope Francis desires a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ alive in the Church, a reflection on the witness and lives of missionary saints and martyrs, a dedication to missionary formation and catechetics, and a renewed practice of missionary charity. Read it online or download it.

New Zealand is blessed with a rich history of saints and Catholics who came to the shores of Aotearoa-New Zealand, and to other Pacific shores, to bring the faith which we hold in our hearts today. Like them we are asked to freely give from our ketes (baskets) of faith to anyone who is seeking. This mahi (work) of the Lord’s aroha (love) is the divine mihana(mission) given to each of us. 

  Mother Mary Aubert of the Home of Compassion.

St Peter Chanel who came to Oceania with Bishop Pompallier, in 1838 and was martyred in 1841 on the island of Futuna

Mother Teresa of Calcutta who visited New Zealand in 1973

St Mary Mackillop who visited New Zealand four times between 1894-1902 establishing convents and schools.

Bishop Pompallier  1801-71 Bio here 

Francis Vernon Douglas was a New Zealand priest of the Missionary Society of St. Columban who was killed in the Philippines by Japanese soldiers in 1943

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The gospel book is carried into St Teresas pro-cathedral church. Otari parish, wellington. 

Today that Gospel brought by  missionaries is carried into New Zealand and Pacific churches by parishioners each Sunday to listen to the teachings of Jesus and His words of life.

Missionary workers,diocese of Alotau-sidea, Papua-New Guinea. Mission, a voyage of faith. 

Today missionary endeavour continues and many Catholic New Zealanders follow their voyages of faith to other catholic communities needing help. The Church still has many missionary projects overseas that need support from you.


Samuel Pitcaithly and Olivia Frahm, both 22, will be putting their lives at home on hold to answer God’s call to serve (NZ Catholic) 

Some Young kiwi Catholics are answering their call from God today and travelling to our fellow Catholic communities (click for their story)overseas to give a helping hand, to bring their Christ light to others.  Are you thinking of being one? 

In this video below we  We meet two New Zealanders doing extraordinary missionary work in Thailand.

For most of us our missionary activity is in our communities, our neighbourhoods, our workplaces. 

So what does it mean to become more missionary in our faith.  For a start we might consider this.  Jesus of the Gospels is a real person for us. We are aware of the missionary history of the Church. We endeavour to keep informed about church teaching. We commit to active charity work for others.  A missionary heart is  one of joy because of the great gift of Christ in our lives.  What attracts us to the gospel of Christ is where we are meant to be and to live missionary lives.  So in this month of October we will concentrate on how we can be part of that legacy today, in our homes, social groups and workplaces, or we may even discern a call to travel further, to join a social justice or charity group, to help out more at home, or even to follow a voyage of faith with a Catholic missionary or volunteer group.  But as Pope Francis says we all have missionary hearts and "every baptized man and woman is a mission".

 (pic:  Ecumenical Way Of The Cross walk, Wellington western suburbs).  

"This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always; every baptized man and woman is a mission. People in love never stand still: they are drawn out of themselves; they are attracted and attract others in turn; they give themselves to others and build relationships that are life-giving. As far as God’s love is concerned, no one is useless or insignificant. Each of us is a mission to the world, for each of us is the fruit of God’s love. Pope Francis, Message for World Mission day 2019 

What is your parish doing for Mission Month October 2019, let us know on our guest page.  Thank you.

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