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When I grow up I want to be... Alive

 

When I grow up I want to be... Alive
Jamaica is a nation deeply troubled by violence, crime and gangs. With the second-highest rate of gun-killings anywhere in the world*, communities live in constant fear, without hope for a different future.

Sister Teresia Tinanisolo, a Marist Missionary Sister, reaches out and offers life-saving spiritual and practical support to the people of Mount Salem—one of Jamaica’s most dangerous communities.

Through the Holy Family Self Help Centre, she offers skills training programs in cooking, hospitality, sewing, literacy, computers and housekeeping to provide the community with employment opportunities so they can provide a better life for themselves and their families.

Tanice is just one of the many successful graduates who have now secured stable paid employment and is desperately saving so, together with her husband, Paul, and their three children, she can move away from her squatters home in the ghetto next to the Holy Family Self Help Centre, where she lives in constant fear for the safety and future of her children.

To break the cycle of crime, violence and destruction, Sister Teresia urgently needs your help to set up and run non-violence education classes for children and to continue to run the essential skills training courses.

These are some examples of how you can help missionaries like Sister Teresia reach out with practical and spiritual support to help Jamaicans living in extreme poverty turn away from violence and crime to seek a new future through the power of education and the spirit of Jesus Christ.

Together we can help the youth of Jamaica to grow up to be fully alive, and achieve their dreams of a positive and hope-filled future.

Donate $50 Now

$50 provides meals and transport for ten Jamaican children to attend school for one day. For the children growing up in the many poverty stricken and dangerous ghettos across Jamaica, education is crucial to break the cycle of poverty and have a better future.

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Donate $96 Now

$96 pays the monthly stipend of one missionary sister, like Sister Teresia, who is offering vital practical and spiritual support to communities struggling with crime and violence, helping them turn their lives around and have a positive and hope-filled future through Christ.

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$195 pays for 15 children to attend a non-violence course for one week. Through non-violence education children learn to handle their emotions and turn away from violence, crime and destructive behaviour, often positively impacting their parents.

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$559 covers the annual costs of running the hospitality training for four students at Mount Salem Self Help Centre, helping young people keep away from crime through gaining employment in Jamaica’s rapidly growing tourism industry.

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I will build my Church

Welcome to the 2013 Catholic Mission World Mission Appeal. This year’s theme ‘I will build my Church’, invites parishioners to reach out and help the people of Mongolia to build their Church, the world’s youngest Catholic Church, and the Kingdom of God on earth.

After decades of struggling in a communist ruled country, with no religious freedom, it is only recently that the people of Mongolia have had the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.

This World Mission Month we are invited by Pope Francis to live out and witness our faith, to proclaim the Gospel to those who do not yet know the Good News of Jesus Christ, including the people of the young Church of Mongolia and other emerging churches across the world.

In his World Mission Month message, Pope Francis says, “Everyone should be able to experience the joy of being loved by God, the joy of salvation. It is a gift that one cannot keep to oneself, but is to be shared. The proclamation of the Gospel is part of being Disciples of Christ and it is a constant commitment that animates the whole life of the Church.”

We invite you to consider how this year’s Catholic Mission World Mission Appeal is a concrete way for you and your parishioners to respond to the invitation by Pope Francis. By being true Disciples of Christ, we can grow the Kingdom of God in Mongolia and in the most remote areas all across the world.

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Parish Resources

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The 2013 World Mission Appeal Kit contains a range of information and resources for promotion in the weeks leading up to your appeal weekend, including the powerful and inspirational stories of Bishop Wenceslao (Wens) Padilla, one of the first missionaries to arrive in Mongolia 20 years ago, and Gantulga and his family—whose lives have been dramatically transformed after accepting Jesus into their hearts.

The parish kit also includes a summary of Pope Francis’s message for World Mission Sunday, suggestions for prayers and readings, information about Catholic Mission and our work, as well as insights on how you can effectively use the parish resources such as the poster, DVD, appeal envelope and speakers’ notes to conduct a successful World Mission Appeal in your parish.

Click here to download the Parish Resources.

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DVD 

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The DVD ‘I will build my Church’ invites parishioners to reach out and help the people of Mongolia to build their Church, the world’s youngest Catholic Church, and the Kingdom of God on earth, in the most remote areas all across the world.

Throughout the DVD we meet Bishop Wenceslao (Wens) Padilla, a missionary priest and now the first Bishop of Mongolia. He arrived in Mongolia with two fellow priests just over 20 years ago to build the Catholic Church. Bishop Wens has dedicated his life to reaching out to the people of Mongolia, offering essential practical and spiritual outreach… offering the Gospel.

We also share the story of Gantulga, his wife Uurtsaikh and their children, a family whose lives have been dramatically transformed after accepting Jesus into their hearts.

The DVD is an inspirational fundraising and formation resource for your Catholic Mission World Mission Appeal.

Click here to watch the 'I will build my Church' DVD.

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Poster 

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The parish poster features Gantulga, his wife Uurtsaikh, and Otgonerdene and Sainzaya, two of their children, outside a traditional Mongolian ger tent church; a round tent dwelling, in the rural town of Arvaiheer, 440 km from Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar.

The family first learned about the Catholic Church, one of only six Catholic churches in Mongolia, when they moved to Arvaiheer ten years ago. They were seeking refuge after tragically losing all their livestock in a natural disaster.

Thanks to the spiritual and practical outreach of faithful missionaries, the lives of Gantulga and his family were dramatically transformed after they accepted Jesus into their hearts. Now Gantulga and his family have come to know the grace, joy, peace and hope of our loving God.

Click here to download the Poster.

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Parish Bulletins

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Bulletin notices have been created to help your parish promote this year’s Catholic Mission World Mission Appeal. Parish bulletins are an effective method to inform parishioners about the upcoming appeal, and a nice way to thank them for their generosity and support following the appeal weekend.

Click here to download the Parish Bulletins.

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Appeal Envelope

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During the Catholic Mission World Mission Appeal, parishioners are invited to reach out and help the people of Mongolia and other communities throughout the world build their Church, and the Kingdom of God on earth.

Parishioners are given the opportunity to support the work of Catholic Mission with a single gift or on a monthly basis by becoming a ‘Friends in Faith Partner’.

Personal details are required for all credit card, direct debit, tax deductible and monthly donations. However, all parishioners are encouraged to include their personal details, so they can be personally thanked for their generous support.

Click here to download the Appeal Envelope.

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Ger Prayer Card

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The interactive prayer card, shaped as a traditional Mongolian ger church; a round tent dwelling, is an invitation for parishioners to offer a special prayer for the people of Mongolia, including Gantulga, his wife Uurtsaikh, and their  children, as they build their Church, and the Kingdom of God on earth. 

Parish staff and speakers are encouraged to distribute the prayer card to the parishioners during the appeal weekend, and say the special prayer together as a Church. Parishioners are also invited to continue to pray for the young Church of Mongolia and other emerging churches across the world.

Click here to download the Ger Prayer Card.

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Pope Francis Prayer Cards

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This World Mission Month we have created a very special prayer card with a message from our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. It is an invitation for all of us to live out and witness our faith, and to offer a prayer for the Mongolian Catholic Church, the world’s youngest Catholic Church, and emerging churches across the world.

Click here to download the Pope Francis Prayer Card.

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I will build my Church...

After decades of struggling in a communist ruled country, with no religious freedom, it is only recently that the people of Mongolia, the world’s youngest Catholic Church, have had the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Bishop Wenceslao Padilla, a former missionary priest, arrived in Mongolia just over twenty years ago to build the Catholic Church and the Kingdom of God. He recalls a country struggling with such issues as alcoholism, domestic abuse, minimal government social services and extreme poverty. It was known by missionaries as the ‘hardship country’.

Because of the dedication of the first missionaries a church now stands in the remote town of Arvaiheer, one of only six Catholic churches in all of Mongolia. The lives of Gantulga and his family have been dramatically transformed after accepting Jesus into their hearts.

As Gantulga explains, “Before in my life, I made a lot of mistakes. I was addicted to alcohol and I also had some problems with violence. When I started going to church and feeling how God’s mercy reaches me, I felt that I had to receive baptism. Now I can say I am a better father and a better husband because I have received God’s mercy and can be merciful to others.”

By reaching out today, you can help build the Mongolian Catholic Church, the world’s youngest Catholic Church, and the Kingdom of God in the most remote areas all across the world, so that more people can come to know the grace, joy, peace and hope of our loving God.

$40 Amount

$40 provides one catechist with meals and allowances for one week.

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$110 Amount

$110 covers the costs of one week of English classes for ten students.

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$320 Amount

$320 runs a medical outreach clinic for one day.

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$13,340 amount

$13,340 builds a new church.


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Welcome to World Mission Month 2013

Welcome to the 2013 World Mission Appeal

Join with Catholic Mission this World Mission Month to help dedicated missionaries in Mongolia and throughout the world, as they reach out to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of communities and children affected by extreme poverty, disadvantage and homelessness.

You are invited to consider how this year’s World Mission Appeal is a concrete way for you and your parish or school community to respond to the invitation by Pope Francis. It is an invitation to live out and witness our faith, to proclaim the Gospel to those who do not yet know the Good News of Jesus Christ, including the people of the young Church of Mongolia and other emerging churches across the world.

Together we can help the people of Mongolia build their Church, and the Kingdom of God on earth, so that more people across the world can experience the grace, joy, peace and hope of our loving God.

Simply click on the below links to explore the parish and school resources in detail.

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World Mission Month School Kit 2012

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"For surely I know the
plans I have for you,"
says the LORD,
"plans for your welfare
and not for harm, to give
you a future with
hope."

Jeremiah 29:11

World Mission Month School Resource Kit

Jon-Jon is one of millions of children in the Philippines who are faced with extreme poverty, growing up in informal settlements, on the streets and on garbage dumps. Surrounded by crime and drugs and with limited access to food, medicines, and schooling, children like Jon-Jon desperately need your help.

Join with Catholic Mission this World Mission Month to learn more about issues of mission and justice and to reach out to help children who are vulnerable, hopeless and in desperate need in the Philippines and throughout the world.

Restore Hope To a Special Someone Youtube The powerful and inspirational DVD ‘Restore Hope to a Special Someone’ and the web-based interactive learning resources and activities, will help educate, as well as inspire, the whole school community to fundraise, advocate and pray for children in need and celebrate the wonderful work of sharing the loving grace of God with all.

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