‘You are Mission’ is a message for all of us. As Pope Francis writes in his World Mission Day message this year, ‘Every man and woman is a mission; that is the reason for our life on this earth…No one is so poor as to be unable to give what they have, but first and foremost what they are…Never think that you have nothing to offer, or that nobody needs you. Many people need you.’ (Message from Pope Francis for World Mission Day, Rome 2018).
It wasn't quite the delivery they are used to, but for Sister Mary Goretti and her small staff at St Luke Health Centre in Bujuni, it is one that will save hundreds of lives. The maternal health centre, located three hours from Kampala, can finally celebrate the arrival of its long-awaited ambulance, which supporters in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle helped to fund during last year's Catholic Mission Church and Schools Appeal.
Catholic schools in Maitland-Newcastle are a little more colourful this month, with students donning their wackiest socks to raise funds and awareness for Catholic Mission’s Socktober celebration. This year, the focus is on Uganda, and walking in the shoes − or socks − of another has a whole new meaning.
Diocesan Director for Catholic Mission, Mark Toohey, visited Cambodia recently. Mark witnessed projects which will soon be the focus of Catholic Mission’s fundraising across Australian parishes. Catholic Mission has supported the Church for over 175 years and operates in 160 countries. Here is Mark’s account of his visit.
To coincide with World Mission Month (October), Catholic Mission with Our Lady of Victories Primary School, Shortland, hosted the annual Mission Month celebration. Representatives from schools across the diocese came together to call to mind the importance of access to ‘living water’ for the physical and spiritual well-being of children around the world.
Initially, students were excited to hear that someone was coming to talk to them about life in the country of Madagascar. Images from the Madagascar series of animated movies and cheeky cartoon animal adventures came quickly to mind.