The Pontifical Mission Societies in Malawi, dtogether with a team from Zomba Diocese, visited St. Vincent De Paul-Katamba parish to appreciate preparation progress for this year’s Mission Sunday celebration.
Leader of the delegation, who is also PMS National Director, Fr. Vincent Mwakhwawa, said he is impressed with the headway made so far as evidenced by satisfactory reports presented by all Out Stations and groups such as Pastoral Team, CWO, CFM, Youth and CCJP indicating how they are preparing for this national event which will take place on 24th October 2021 at St. Vincent De Paul-Katamba parish in Zomba Diocese.
“We are emphasizing three main areas in our preparations for this year’s World Mission Sunday: encouraging Christians to pray in their families; creating more awareness about World Mission Sunday and the missionary obligations of every baptized; and asking the faithful to make financial contributions towards the missionary activities of the Church” said Fr. Mwakhwawa.
Then added that they are also doing radio and television programs and using the social media platforms on how best Christians can prepare for the month and the day.
In his remarks, the Chairperson of the Laity Council in Zomba Diocese, the host for this year’s October Mission Month activities and World Mission Sunday, Mr. Vito Sandifolo, said the Diocese is making sure that all Christians are able to understand the importance of the month and day and fully participate, both in the preparations and on the actual day.
“We have asked all Catholic associations within the Diocese to take part in preparing for the World Mission Day,” added Mr. Sandifolo.
According to Sandifolo, the Diocese has also distributed PMS books to all parishes in the Diocese for Christians to start teaching each other about the Month and Word Mission Sunday.
The Laity Council Chairperson further said that since the inauguration of the October Mission Month and World Mission Day preparations at Katamba Parish, the Diocese has been encouraging leaders in all parishes to enlighten Christians that Zomba Diocese is the host for this year’s Mission Sunday hence the need for everyone to prepare thoroughly.
The Mission Month of October and World Mission Sunday was set aside for the Catholic Church throughout the World to publicly renew its commitment to the missionary movement. It is usually observed on the last but one Sunday of every October and this year it will be celebrated on Sunday, October 24 under the theme “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20).
Judith Sonkho, AMACEA New