Home Mission Sunday

Home Mission Sunday provides us with the opportunity to focus on spreading the Gospel in our local areas. At the same time, the second collection for this Sunday supports the work of the Home Mission Office.

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Contributing to this collection is one way to play your part in our vision to help the local Church make the Joy of the Gospel a reality in England and Wales.

From the donations made for Home Mission Sunday in 2017 we were able to provide training and support to diocesan evangelisation personnel, put on events that inspire people to share their faith and encourage the faithful to pray for evangelisation – particularly from the Ascension to Pentecost.

Resources

Since our impressions of Jesus can either help or hinder our desire to talk about him, we have created resources to help people consider their response to the question Jesus asks his disciples in the Gospel for this Sunday “Who do you say I am?”

The prayer cards can be used to help people consider their response, either during or after the Sunday liturgy.

However, there are many other things you can do.

Here’s one suggestion:

  • Engage your evangelisation team or a group of helpful parishioners in the process
  • Preach on the experience of the disciples who are faced with this question and how honest their answers were
  • Ask the people enlisted to give out the postcards and something to write with
  • Invite people to respond honestly to Jesus’ question, let them know you would like to read their answers so they should not put their name on the postcard, so it is anonymous and let them know why they are being collected.
  • Allow a time of silence for people to write their responses down
  • Either invite people to bring their postcard up to a basket and drop it in or have your team collect them from the pews
  • Finish the activity with a short prayer evoking the Holy Spirit to reveal the person of Jesus Christ to each person through the sacrifice of the Mass

Afterwards, invite your team to sort through the responses to pick out the images of Jesus present in the parish.

This activity could also be adapted for Children’s Liturgy and any groups of young people gathered in the parish.

Talking Jesus Research

In this research it was identified that one in five Non-Christians were open to a conversation about Jesus. Whether there’s an established evangelisation team in your parish or something you have been thinking about establishing, inviting people to explore this booklet will inform and inspire a sense of mission.

The group could take a section at a time over four sessions. Reading the section before meeting, then praying and discussing what they have read and exploring ideas of how they might talk about Jesus in the parish or with people the know and care about.

For more information about the research and pick up more resources please visit talkingjesus.org.

Home Mission Sunday Announcement

Today on Home Mission Sunday we have been praying for the spread of the Gospel and in the second collection we can support it financially.
The money you give to this collection does not go abroad. It’s used to help Catholics throughout England and Wales become more confident in sharing their faith.

Prayer

On Home Mission Sunday we’re inviting people to think about how they’d answer Jesus’ question, ‘who do you say I am?’ A prayerful response would be to read the gospel for this Sunday (Mark 8:27-35) and imagine yourself with the disciples. Gently allow your response to come to the surface.

Find more resources in our Pray section.

Home Mission Sunday Newsletter Insert

In today’s Gospel Jesus presents us, as disciples, with a challenging question, ‘Who do you say I am?’ For some the most challenging element of this question is whether we talk about him at all. Today on Home Mission Sunday we have been praying for the spread of the Gospel and in the second collection will have the opportunity to support it financially. The money you give to this collection is used to help Catholics in England and Wales become more confident in sharing their faith.