On Tuesday 18 September, pupils from St Peter’s Primary School, Edinburgh joined Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien to launch the annual Mission Month of October. This year’s theme of ‘Faith in Action’ highlights the work supported by Scottish Catholics in missionary dioceses in Ghana, Zimbabwe and India.
Fr Tom Welsh, National Director of Missio Scotland, explained:
“The theme is particularly appropriate this year, as the annual focus on the missionary work of the church coincides with the launch of the Year of Faith, marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Benedict has called all to reflect on and deepen our faith, which he describes as a gift which must be shared. This echoes the words of his predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, who encouraged every parish, family and individual to give priority to the work of the Pontifical Mission Societies as the primary channel for meeting our missionary obligation.”
The Pontifical Mission Societies are better known under the title Missio Scotland and were founded by a French laywoman in 1823. Last year Missio Scotland raised almost £347,000 to support the missionary outreach of the Church. All parishioners have an opportunity to contribute to this on Mission Sunday, 21st October 2012.
For more information on resources available from MISSIO, click here: Missio Scotland Resources