Pope Francis has asked that the month of October 2019 be celebrated as an Extraordinary Mission Month by as many Christians as possible. The theme he has asked us to adopt for the month is “Baptised and Sent – The Church of Christ on a Mission in the World”.
We are delighted to have the opportunity to invite you to the launch of this Extraordinary Mission Month of October in the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore on Sunday 6th October 2019 at the 12:00 noon Mass in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Barronstrand Street, Waterford. All are welcome.
The Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Jude Taddeus Okolo will Preach and Concelebrate the Mass with Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore and Very Rev. Edmond Cannon Cullinan, Diocesan Ecumenism Director.
The date is of added significance to Waterford as it marks the 23rd anniversary of the Beatification of Edmund Rice who founded the congregation of Irish Christian Brothers in Waterford. They spread the Love of Christ throughout the World by their Mission “to enable the poor through education”.
The Catholic Bishops of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales have chosen the 6th October 2019 to focus on Domestic Abuse in order to raise awareness of the prevalence of this issue across our countries. We are also reaching out to Immigrant Christians of all nationalities who benefitted from the work of Waterford and Irish missionaries to join in the celebration hopefully wearing their national dress so please feel free to extend this invitation to your family, friends and colleagues.