Mission takes everyone!
Not only do we encourage you to get involved in supporting mission because of your Baptismal call to enter into the mission of Christ and the church, but we enourage your involvement because mission truly does take everyone; without all unique gifts we fail to be the Body of Christ.
Your support for mission can take on a variety of forms: our Parish Mission Groups are always making items that support mission connections locally and globally; our schools and parishes are praying for the world through the World Mission Rosary; individuals and groups are making generous contributions to the office to support missioners, projects or the general work of mission in the world; parishes are continuing to take up special collections that benefit various global efforts; and more.
We enourage you to think and pray about how you might support the mission efforts of the diocese and of the global church and the difference you might make for our world!
Two Hands, One Heart!
The Mission Office promotes the sharing of gifts with one another in a responsible and respectful manner. We have two hands and one heart to offer - let us share them!
Why does the Mission Office do "projects"?
Because Mission is first-and-foremost about relationships and connecting with one another as GOD connects with us, the Mission Office encourages the people of our parishes to get involved in mission through special mission promotion and interaction projects.
And while mission should focus first on relationships, it also means helping those with whom we've connected. For this reason, our Mission Office offers gifts to our mission partners and various connections throughout the local and global community. We give gifts to those in our family and who we have relationships with on a personal level, and similarly we ask the people of St. Cloud Diocese to share their gifts with our brothers and sisters in our global family.
For many people who have been involved on mission trips, projects are a great way to continue their experience and maintain a relationship and place in their heart for those they encountered even after they've been returned for years. Projects are also a great way for those who never feel called to travel in mission to still be a part of the great mission spirit in our diocese and to share themselves with others around the world without ever having to leave their community.
What kind of projects can we do to support mission?
The Mission Office promotes a variety of projects that our diocese can do to support mission, from making items, to gathering items, to fundraisers, to mission promotion in the community. Check out some of mission project ideas for you, your parish or group:
Homemade items (some items will be shared with our foreign mission partners or used for ministry locally, such as immigrants/refugees; and quilts and baby quilts are often sold at the Mission Office to raise funds to support mission efforts elsewhere):