The Vatican named the following two Saints to be the Patron Saints of the Universal Missions
October 1 – St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus
Thérèse of Lisieux born Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin
(January 2, 1873 – September 30, 1897), or Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, was a French Carmelite nun. She is also known as "The Little Flower of Jesus"
A Morning Prayer written by St. Thérèse
O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.
O my God! I ask of Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity.
December 3rd – Saint Francis Xavier
Saint Francis Xavier, born Francisco de Jaso y Azpilicueta
(7 April 1506, Javier, Navarre – 3 December, 1552, Shangchuan Island,China) was a pioneering Roman Catholic missionary born in the Kingdom of Navarre (Spain) and co-founder of the Society of Jesus. He was a colleague of Saint Ignatius Loyola and one of the first seven Jesuits who dedicated themselves to the service of God at Montmarte in 1534. He led an extensive mission into Asia, mainly in the Asian Portuguese Empire of the time. He was influential in the spreading and upkeep of Catholicism most notably in India (in Goa), but also ventured into Japan, Borneo, the Moluccas, and other areas which had thus far not been visited by Christian missionaries.
Prayer written by Saint Francis Xavier
Eternal God, Creator of all things, remember that You alone have created the souls of unbelievers, which You have made according to Your Image and Likeness. Behold, O Lord, how to Your dishonor many of them are falling into Hell. Remember, O Lord, Your Son Jesus Christ, Who so generously shed His Blood and suffered for them. Do not permit that Your Son, Our Lord, remain unknown by unbelievers, but, with the help of Your Saints and the Church, the Bride of Your Son, remember Your mercy, forget their idolatry and infidelity, and make them know Him, Who You have sent, Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord, Who is our salvation, our life, and our resurrection, through Whom we have been saved and redeemed, and to Whom is due glory forever. Amen.
Background Information on the Syrian Crisis - Videos have been produced by Salt & Light Television on the Syrian Crisis and are accessible to parishes. A video featuring an interview with Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, a Jesuit priest expelled from Syria earlier this year can be viewed here.
Salt & Light TV also produced a Perspectives Video titled "What's the Christian Response to Syria?" It can be viewed on the Salt & Light website here.
Syrian Crisis Relief Effort - The Holy Father has appealed international efforts to assist Syrian refugees fleeing Syria and to encourage peace efforts in this region. The Holy Father's most recent appeal can be found on the Vatican website here.
CNEWA - Canada, the Canadian Catholic Near East Welfare Association is collecting funds to assist refugees fleeing Syria. Our Diocese of Calgary is accepting financial donations to assist Syrian refugee victims and all funds will be forwarded to CNEWA-Canada. Donations can be made as follows:
- by sending a cheque payable to your parish earmarked "Syrian Relief Effort"
- by sending a cheque payable to the Diocese earmarked "Syrian Relief Effort" and sent to the Pastoral Centre, 120 17th Ave S.W., Calgary AB T2S 2T2.
More information from CNEWA-Canada on Syrian Relief efforts is available on its website here.
For further questions, please contact Jana Drapal at the Social Justice Office at 403-218-5519 or e-mail email@example.com.
Each program is independent from the Diocese of Calgary but are all linked to Canadian organizations or religious orders.
Catholic Missions in Canada (formerly Catholic Church Extension Society)
Catholic Missions In Canada today provides support to missionaries working in Canada's most isolated territories in their daily ministries of proclaiming the blessings of our Faith in our poorest home missions.
Save a Family
"Save A Family Plan is committed to poverty reduction in India through sustainable development and the overall strengthening of families and communities."
World Mission Sunday
This year's event was held on October 23 , 2011. Next year's event is scheduled for October 21, 2012.
Canadian Food for Children Co-Workers BC Division
"A group of volunteers of all ages working together to help the needy in developing countries"
Holy Childhood Association – Canada
Pontifical Mission Societies
"children helping children".
(Formally Christian Child Care International)
"We have many children waiting to be sponsored. The cost of sponsorship is $33.00 per month. If you would prefer us to choose a child for you or if you want to sponsor a child from a particular country, age, etc email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your preference."
Catholic Christian Outreach
"A young and dynamic movement of university students and lay missionaries present on university campuses across Canada. Every day on university campuses we proclaim the message of Jesus Christ in a clear and simple way, with a constant emphasis on building leaders for the renewal of our world! "
Canadian Catholic Youth Ministry Network
"The CCYMN is a representative network of designated Canadian Catholic diocesan/eparchial youth ministry leaders who advocate for, promote and celebrate youth and youth ministry - in support of each other within the mission of the Catholic Church."
Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry (CCCM)
"Support Campus Ministry in promoting the mission of the Church in higher education."
NET Ministries of Canada
"NET stands for National Evangelization Teams. We are Catholic Missionaries who share Jesus' gospel message with young people in a team format. NET Ministries of Canada challenge young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church. NET Canada recruits and trains teams to evangelize to over 28,000 youth every year in churches, schools, dioceses, and school boards across Canada and Ireland."
Website : www.netcanada.ca
V.I.C.S. (Volunteer Int'l Christian Service)
Long Term Missions
"VICS is a lay organization established in 1971 by the Spiritans, the Congregation of the Holy Ghost. Financial support for recruiting, training and overseas assignments of VICS personnel comes from the Spiritans, from VICSfund raising efforts and from donations of generous benefactors."
Madonna House Apostolate
"The Madonna House Apostolate is a family of Christian lay men, women, and priests, striving to incarnate the teachings of Jesus Christ by forming a community of love."
Pontifical Missions Societies
"I thank the Pontifical Mission Societies for their indispensable service in inspiring and promoting involvement in the missionary activity of the Church. I thank them for their financial assistance to the Young Churches. They help to realize in a practical way the communion between Churches and the concern they should have for one another." (Pope Benedict XVl)
Eucharistic Congress 2012
"The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another."
Long Term Missions
Scarboro Missions is a Canadian society of Catholic priests and laity. Motivated by the Spirit, we dedicate ourselves to the person, teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, who said:
"I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." (John 10:10)
The Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary (SAS)
"For all women who are at risk of, or who have experience sexual exploitation to know faith, hope and love, and be empowered to rebuild their lives. For society, to know of these women, to understand, to care."
As an only child caught by the travelling bug early in life, and ferociously independent, I left home young and spent most of my life away, though always in touch with my wonderful parents. I always felt guilty that I did not live nearby to help them as they aged, and it was always my goal to return to them in my thirties to provide the support they needed when they retired. By then I was in Australia, as far away, it seems, as I could get, and beginning to think about returning. As I prepared for a rare visit to celebrate Christmas one year I received a frantic call from my mother that my Dad had had a heart attack, and so began a desperate effort to book flights during the busiest holiday season. In the middle of my return my progress was interrupted by one of the worst snowstorms Canada has ever experienced, and after a fifty-six hour journey I finally limped up to the Sacreacute; Coeur Hospital in Montreal, in the middle of the night, too late to say goodbye.
Development and Peace has raised $6.3 million for humanitarian aid for the Horn of Africa, which is currently experiencing the worst drought in the region in 60 years.
Emergency needs remain high in the region and in addition to supporting projects in Ethiopia and Kenya to bring assistance to the most-affected communities, it is now contributing to several new projects, including responding to sanitation, hygiene and water needs in the new Kambioos refugee camp in Kenya. This camp has opened in response to the influx of Somali refugees crossing into Kenya to escape famine in their country. The project will last 12 months and will benefit 48,000 refugees in the camp.