October 22, 2023 – “Hearts on Fire, Feet on the Move”

EVERY YEAR, SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPENS on the next-to-last Sunday of October. WORLD MISSION SUNDAY joins all Catholics of the world into one community of faith. At Mass that Sunday, we recommit ourselves to our common vocation, through Baptism to be missionaries, through prayer, participation in the Eucharist, and by giving generously to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Pope Francis has designated “Hearts on Fire, Feet on the Move” as this year’s theme.

When you contribute to the World Mission Sunday collection, you make it possible for the Holy Father to provide for the formation of our seminarians and religious men and women. You assist in building the schools and orphanages that care for children in places few visit. Missionaries can build churches in areas with scarce resources. Priests and religious Brothers and Sisters can buy food and the bare essentials that make it possible to proclaim the Gospel and celebrate the Sacraments.

In a world where so much divides us, World Mission Sunday rejoices in our unity as missionaries by our Baptism, as it offers each one of us an opportunity to support the life-giving presence of the Church among the poor and marginalized in more than 1,111 mission dioceses.


Why this Cameroon community is celebrating World Mission Sunday with “Hearts on Fire, Feet on the Move”:

The Society for the Propagation of the Faith has trained 844,000 Catechists worldwide, one of whom taught them the Faith when a priest was not available.

The community dances for joy because through a scholarship from our Society, one of their own has been ordained to minister to them.

Joining the procession is one of the 38,140 mission seminarians whom we support.

The women are healthier thanks to the clean water we brought to their rural area – they no longer walk great distances for what may be non-potable water.

Their children attend schools, just as 26 million of their peers in the missions do, giving them a chance to develop their God-given talents.

And on World Mission Sunday, along with Catholics worldwide, they will give what they can to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith so missionaries may continue to set hearts on fire with the Light of Christ.

Want to make a difference?

Missionaries throughout the world continue to serve those in need, especially during these challenging times. Thank you for answering the call to the ‘missionary spirit’ through your support of this holy work of the Church.