Almost 100 years ago, Pope Pius XI instituted World Mission Sunday for the whole Church with the first global Mission Sunday collection taking place in October of 1927. The Mission Sunday collection is always taken on the next to last Sunday during the month of October.
“Thank you, young people from our fourteen Catholic schools and religious education programs for having a missionary heart,” Auxiliary Bishop James Massa said at the beginning of his homily. He was the main celebrant of the Mission Sunday Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James on Sunday, Oct. 27.
Awards to students and schools that assist the missions was the highlight of the annual Mission Sunday Mass at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn.
The month of October holds special meaning for all Catholics. First, it is Respect Life Month, when we are reminded of the innate dignity and value of every human life, especially pre-born life, the elderly and infirm, also the poor and marginalized.