For Immediate Release
20 October 2010
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – October 20, 2010 – The Diocesan celebration of World Mission Sunday 2010 will take place October 24, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Parish, 9 North Clinton Ave., Bay Shore. The principal celebrant of the Mass will be the Most Reverend Peter Libasci, auxiliary bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre.
World Mission Sunday, organized by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith (www.drvc.org/mission), is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. Annually, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on the next-to-last Sunday in October. World Mission Sunday is “an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches how to give: as an offering made to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world” (see Redemptoris Missio 81). Each year the celebration moves to another parish in the diocese.
Currently there are 70 missioners from the Diocese of Rockville Centre who selflessly and courageously give their lives to serve the people of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Oceania. Many missionaries who have served and are either on Stateside assignment or retired, will be present for the Mass.
As is customary on World Mission Sunday, there will be recognition for all school children who have participated in assisting the missions in one form or the other. In addition, there will be a small procession of flags from mission territories (carried by school children in native costumes) at the beginning of the Mass.
There will be an opportunity to interview missioners present at the Mass.
Every parish around the world will celebrate World Mission Sunday this weekend. Prayers and donations on World Mission Sunday will help support churches, hospitals, schools and vocations in countries where the Roman Catholic Church is new, young or poor. It is our chance to help the Catholic communities all over the world become self sufficient and flourish according to their own needs and traditions.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 133 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 61 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/08).
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