'Rejoice with me' this Home Mission Sunday as we hear the joy of people who found something that was once lost.
Each year the Catholic Church in England and Wales celebrates Home Mission Sunday. It is an opportunity to inspire us all to share the Good News we have received. This year, on the 15 September we are encouraged to take to heart the invitation to ‘Rejoice with me’. This joyful invitation comes from two of the three people mentioned in the Gospel of the day. Through this short phrase, we are invited to experience the joy of finding something, or someone, that had been lost. How wonderful it would be if Catholic parishes responded to this invitation by celebrating with the people who have encountered Christ and come home to their parish community this Home Mission Sunday.
Every party or celebration is someone saying to those around them ‘rejoice with me’, whether a birthday, anniversary or thanksgiving. If you have had even one person encounter Christ and come home, through the RCIA programme or encounter Christ through a programme like Alpha, how could your parish celebrate and share this joy with others? We would love to hear of your celebration on social media via #RejoiceWithMe.
Please don’t lose heart if this is not yet your experience, perhaps Home Mission Sunday could be an opportunity to motivate your community to share their faith with others and invite them to seek Christ and come home.
The resources below have been created to enable parishes to highlight and pray for Evangelisation on Home Mission Sunday.
September marks the beginning of the Year of the Word; The God who Speaks. This provides us with the opportunity to help people encounter Christ through the Word of God. The retreat in my pocket giveaway is a simple A4 sheet that can be printed and folded into a business card size booklet containing short passages based on the bible to reflect upon.
A wise man said that the Word of God is at the heart of our relationship with God. For some, it is difficult to know where to start, for others the difficulty is knowing why. The Bible in 8 Words is a FREE giveaway for parishes who would like to people things about engaging with the word of God. It is an ideal giveaway before launching a Bible Study or to stimulate conversation.
To order a pack for your parish simply fill in the form below or call Sylvia on 0207 901 9818 during office hours from Tuesday to Thursday.
The money donated on Home Mission Sunday helps us to help you. We exist to help the local Church make the joy of the Gospel a reality throughout England and Wales. Everything we do is funded through the donations received. You can donate by putting money or a cheque into the second collection on Home Mission Sunday. Alternatively, you are welcome to make a donation online via CAF. It’s quick, easy and your giving can be made anonymously if that is what you prefer.