Tasmania takes part in the Extraordinary Missionary Month

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Tasmania takes part in the Extraordinary Missionary Month

Tasmania’s involvement in the Extraordinary Missionary Month will focus more on moving hearts than on seeking financial assistance, says the state’s Diocesan Director of Catholic Mission.

The global Extraordinary Missionary Month was launched on October 1 by Pope Francis at St Peter’s Basilica. It marks 100 years since Pope Benedict XV released his apostolic letter Maximum Illud, on November 30, 1919. Meaning ‘that momentus’, Maximum Illud refers to ‘that momentous and holy charge’ of the Great Commission given by Jesus to his apostles to go into the whole world and preach the Good News.

Tasmania will take part in the Extraordinary Missionary Month through several key events.

On October 17, Archbishop Julian will celebrate the Children’s World Mission Day Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral at 10am.

Archbishop Julian says that the particular focus of the Extraordinary Missionary Month is a reminder of the need to support overseas missionary activity.

“It reminds us that the Church continues to reach out in places and cultures where the presence of the Gospel and the Church is not strong, and we want to support those missionary endeavours,” he said.

The annual Mission Sunday, with Masses celebrated over October 19 and 20, will be an opportunity for all parishes to take part in the call to support mission, while a family festival celebrating the life and spirituality of St Pope John Paul II in Moonah will focus on the ‘testimony’ pillar of the Extraordinary Missionary Month.

Diocesan Director of Catholic Mission Deacon Michael Hangan says that he is hoping that the Extraordinary Missionary Month will be an opportunity for the faithful to be deepened in the pillars of encountering Jesus, testimony and witness of saints, and missionary formation.

While financial charity is a pillar, says Deacon Hangan, it is the fourth and last. However, when it comes to thinking about support, people often think ‘financial’ and not about prayerful support, he says.

What is more important, Deacon Hangan says, is to have our hearts changed.

“We need to deepen ourselves in the other pillars, and then we can go into charity,” he said.