The Month of October 2019 has been designated as Extraordinary Mission Month. The Holy Father has invited the whole Church to live an extraordinary missionary time commemorating the centenary of the promulgation of the Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud by Pope Benedict XV (30 November 1919).
The Theme of the Mission Month of October is “Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World. In the celebration of this Extraordinary month the Holy Father calls to mind: “Celebrating this month will help us in the first place to rediscover the missionary meaning of our bond of faith to Jesus Christ, faith freely received as a gift in Baptism… It is a mandate that touches us closely: I am always a mission; you are always a mission; every baptized woman and man is a mission… Each of us is a mission in the world because it is the fruit of God’s love.” (Pope Francis, Message for World Mission Sunday)
Vatican Council II also reminds us that ‘The pilgrim Church is by her very nature missionary’. Today the Church, in a special celebration recalls the mission she had received from Christ. The Church is the assemble of all those who have experienced the joy and the challenge of the resurrection of Christ and the new life he has brought us. All of us are called to deepen our experience of this new life and are sent to share our experience with others by word and by the witness of Christian living.
During this Extraordinary month of Mission, let us resolve to pray the Holy Rosary for the missions and priests and religious who tirelessly dedicate their lives in missions.
Our Archdiocese is in an effort to Unleash the Gospel in a new way. With the prompting of the Holy Spirit our diocese has been undertaking a lot of initiatives to engage people like never before and thereby save more souls for Christ. We are missionaries in our places. So let us pray for our diocese that we may grow and become missionaries in our lives.
St. Valentine Parish Office Sign
For some time, we have been thinking about putting up a Parish Office Sign to match what we have in the front of the Church. Mr. Tom Alexander came forward to design and make the sign. Tom with the help of Mr. Ricky installed it Tuesday morning. As a parish, we appreciate his willingness and generosity. May God bless your family abundantly.
I wish you all a blessed week.
Fr. Kishore Babu Battu SAC