October 15, 2020

Faithful throughout the Archdiocese Invited to Take Part in the Annual Celebration of World Mission Sunday

Mass from the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul will be live streamed via https://vimeo.com/event/17522.

Faithful throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are invited to participate in the Annual World Mission Sunday Mass. This observance is celebrated by Catholics across the globe each year and highlights the vital work of mission churches throughout the world and the support extended to their efforts by the faithful of the Universal Church.

Reverend G. Dennis Gill, Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, will be the principal celebrant and homilist.

Sunday, October 18, 2020
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

 In a letter recently sent to all parishes, Reverend Monsignor Arthur E. Rodgers, Director of the Archdiocesan Pontifical Mission Societies, said, “World Mission Sunday joins all Catholics of the world into one community of faith. At Mass on this Sunday, we recommit ourselves to our common vocation, through Baptism, to be Missionaries, through prayer, participation in the Eucharist and by giving as best we can to help Missionaries world-wide.”

The Mass, which will be streamed live via https://vimeo.com/event/17522, will commemorate the 110th Anniversary of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and kick-off a yearlong anniversary celebration. The Mass will also bring together different cultures representing Mission areas, in Latin America, Nigeria, Philippines, and Vietnam to share in this celebration, which is taking place in every parish in the Archdiocese, as well as, every parish and school throughout the world. Additionally, national and Archdiocesan winners of the Missionary Childhood Association’s Artwork Contest will be honored during Mass.

The Pontifical Mission Society recently released a video ahead of World Mission Sunday with an inspirational message from Archbishop Pérez. To view the video via YouTube, please click the link below.


Editor’s Note: The Pontifical Mission Societies were formed as a means of supporting the preaching of the Gospel to every nation. The prayers, humanitarian relief, and material support generously given and distributed through the Pontifical Mission Societies aid the Holy See in 1,111 mission dioceses to help build up the Church throughout the world, especially where Christianity is burgeoning. The Societies care for and support these mission dioceses until they become self-sufficient.

There are three Mission Societies:   The Society for the Propagation of the Faith supports the evangelization efforts of the local Church.  The Missionary Childhood Association educates children about their part in the Church’s Missionary. The Society of Saint Peter the Apostle trains the next generation of missionary clergy and consecrated religious.  

To learn more about the Pontifical Mission Societies in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit http://phillymissions.org/.