Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts
Families affected by Hurricane Dorian urgently need your help. It is estimated more than 75,000 people were severely impacted when the hurricane hit the Bahamas, leaving devastation in its wake. The northwestern Bahamas islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, as well as the surrounding cays, were hardest hit. The hurricane left entire neighborhoods flattened or under water. Across Abaco, water and power are expected to be out for the foreseeable future, while accessing materials to rebuild and repair is a great challenge due to the widespread damage.
CRS and Caritas teams are working directly with Archbishop Patrick Pinder and the Archdiocese of Grand Bahama, in addition to local Church partners, and is coordinating with peer agencies to assess emergency needs and priorities for relief, such as food assistance, emergency shelter supplies, and hygiene supplies.
Extraordinary Missionary Month
Pope Francis has set October 2019 as an Extraordinary Missionary Month to foster greater awareness of missio ad gentes and to animate the missionary transformation of Church life and pastoral activity. “Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World” is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the month, which will coincide with the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV's apostolic letter Maximum Illud, a foundational mission document.
Extraordinary Missionary Month is intended to awaken the awareness of the missio ad gentes and to reinvigorate a sense of responsibility for proclaiming the Gospel with new enthusiasm, combining the pastoral concern of Pope Benedict XV with the missionary vitality expressed by Pope Francis in his recent apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium: “Missionary action is the paradigm of every work of the Church.” (EG 15)
How to Live the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019
There are four dimensions, specified by the pope, to live more intensely the journey of preparation for the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019:
- A personal encounter with Jesus Christ alive in his Church through the Eucharist, the Word of God, personal and communal prayer;
- Testimony: missionary saints, martyrs and confessors of the faith, as an expression of the Church scattered throughout the world;
- Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual and theological;
- Missionary charity.
World Mission Rosary
Pray a rosary for missionaries all over the world and those they serve. Each color of the rosary represents a different region.
Free rosaries are available to all. Contact the Office of Missions for more information.
Mass Cards and Enrollment
We offer many ways to honor your loved ones. They include enrollment in the Society for the Propagation of the Faith for individuals and families, as well as Masses of remembrance. Masses will be said for your loved ones by missionaries around the world.
For more information, contact the Office of Missions.
"It's not just charity. It's change."
A direct way to help missions around the world is through Missio, a connection with Pope Francis' missions around the world.
You can choose the project to which you would like to contribute, whether it's building a greenhouse in Kenya or growing a parish farm in the Philippines. Learn more and Donate today.
CRS / Ethical Trade
Catholic Relief Services provides assistance to those in need all over the world. You can help by donating or hosting an Ethical Fair Trade sale. Contact the Office of Missions for details.
Office of Missions / CRS
Ms. Yvonne Borelli-Chace, Director
510 Ocean Avenue, Portland, ME 04103