day of prayer

Home Mission Sunday - National Day of Prayer and Celebration

16/07/2014 1:57 pm

Family at Mass

Each year the Home Mission Desk resources, with partners, Home Mission Sunday.

The 2016 celebration takes place on 18 September. On this day the Bishops invite parishes to pray for the mission of the Church in England and Wales and there is a second collection to support the Bishopsʼ work of evangelisation.

The money collected has enabled a breadth of work to be done in support of parish evangelisation.


Content for an individual year's Home Mission Sunday can be found on

For 2016, visit Here are the themes of previous Home Mission Sundays.

2016 Proclaim the Joy of Love
The 2016 theme is derived from two key priorities proposed for prayer and reflection. We're encouraging everyone to share the joy of love and to take a new step to share their faith more joyfully and confidently, and so build missionary parishes.
2015 Proclaim God’s Mercy
Home Mission Sunday 2015 coincided with the publication of a series of Proclaim ’15 resources to support practical new expressions of parish mission.
2014 Evangelisation ‘in the heart of the family’
Many children and young people will never see their parents receive the sacraments. Every Catholic who goes to Mass knows someone who currently is distant from the family of the faith - the parish community.
2013 'Crossing the Threshold': Ministry and outreach to non churchgoing Catholics 
"The theme this year was chosen in response to requests from all tiers of the Catholic community in England and Wales for this to be a significant focus of the work of evangelisation.” Bishop Conry
2012 ‘Confident in Faith’ 
"One of the purposes of the Year is to invite baptised Catholics to rediscover and be more confident in their faith. This is what St. Peter demonstrates so powerfully in the Gospel for Home Mission Sunday, proclaiming 'You are the Christ' Mark 8: 27-35.” Bishop Conry
2011 'Fresh Wind In Our Sails'
"Find your photographs, have another look at the DVD. Maybe you made home recordings of episodes of the Papal Visit? Maybe some of you went and travelled to these events? On this anniversary Saturday could I please ask you to delve into that memory bank and bring out those treasured memories again and enjoy them. Sit down together and have a Pope Benedict party on Saturday 17 September.” 
Cardinal Nichols
2010 Papal Visit: 'Heart speaks unto heart’
Pope Benedict XVI visited England and Scotland on a four-day Papal visit from 16-19 September 2010. The Holy Father flew firstly to Scotland where he was received by Her Majesty The Queen. Later he celebrated a public Mass at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow. In England, amongst other things, His Holiness made a speech to British civil society at Westminster Hall, met with the leaders of other Christian traditions, took part in a service of Evening Prayer with the Archbishop of Canterbury, led a prayer vigil, met with leaders and people of other faiths and beatified the nineteenth century theologian and educationalist Blessed John Henry Newman. On this website you can re-live Pope Benedict XVI's historic visit to the UK.