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This coming Sunday, 23rd of October, is Mission Sunday. Pope Pius XI instituted Mission Sunday back in 1926 for the Catholic Church on the second last Sunday of October. The purpose of Mission Sunday is to unite Christians all over the world in their shared solidarity and vocation to be missionaries of the Church, sharing God’s message with all.

This year Pope Francis has reflected on a quote from Acts (1:8) in his message to Catholics: ‘You shall be my witnesses. He reminds us that, ‘every Christian is called to be a missionary and witness to Christ. And the Church, the community of Christ’s disciples, has no other mission than that of bringing the Gospel to the entire world by bearing witness to Christ. To evangelize is the very identity of the Church.

You can read Pope Francis’ message in full here:

As a Catholic school, we are steadfast in our vocation to be missionaries to our students, families, and broader community through our words and actions. We not only share Jesus’ message through our teaching, but also through the way we treat each other and our work to support the needy or marginalised through almsgiving.

I thought this would also be a perfect segue into a wrap-up of our Mission Week! The students thoroughly enjoyed the Colour Run and Mission Day stalls, which were expertly set up and run by the Years Five and Six students. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents who volunteered their time to make the Colour Run a huge success.

With final donations in over the holidays, I can announce that we raised $6,604.82 from Mission Day and the Colour Run!! As the P&F has generously covered the expenses for the Colour Run, this full total will be donated to Mary Ward International for the benefit of their Australia projects assisting First Nations people. Thank you to all for an amazing effort!

Katie Sharman, Mission Co-Ordinator, Loreto Nedlands