Next week Catholic Mission will invite you to partner with Sister Chalaad and the Good Shepherd Sisters in Thailand as they reach out to vulnerable mothers, like Churai*, and their babies, who would have nowhere to turn when they need support, love and kindness the most.
Next week you will have the opportunity to respond to what you have seen and heard, and the Home, as well as other vital mission programs supporting children and communities in need around the world.
An Australian-led global awareness campaign featuring the faces and voices of missionaries from over 50 countries will be launched internationally, on Monday September 27.
The digital campaign, connecting mission partners from around the world and to be translated in over 30 languages, including Arabic and Mandarin, will be launched globally by Catholic Mission to mark the beginning of World Mission Month.
Catholic Mission, the Australian agency of the Pontifical Mission Societies, led the development of the campaign, working in close collaboration with partners across the globe for nearly 12 months to voice a stirring message that missionaries are still serving global communities.
Responding to a call from Pope Francis, inspired by Acts 4:20: “For we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard”, the campaign sheds light on the dedication of missionaries to serving people in places where poverty and disadvantage compound the devastating impact of COVID-19.
“This video is simply one of the tools now available to us in this technological era to build awareness of the significance of mission, particularly during the month of October,” says Fr Brian Lucas, National Director of Catholic Mission.
“The 1st of October is the feast of Saint Therese of Lisieux, the patron of missions and the second last Sunday is World Mission Sunday. This is an opportunity to pay special attention to the importance of sharing faith in mission.”
In a major example of international cooperation, Catholic Mission and its partners sourced video messages of support from religious and lay missionaries representing every corner of the globe.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for managing our mental health. Lockdowns, social distancing requirements, travel restrictions, and the constantly changing position we find ourselves in is stressful.
This makes prioritising our mental health and wellbeing more important than ever. Good mental health is when we can cope with the stressors of our daily lives, participate in loving relationships, contribute to our community, and work towards our goals. Everyone has mental health. And we can all benefit from looking after our own mental health and the mental health of our communities.
This World Mental Health Day – October 10 – the message is simple: “Look after your mental health, Australia.” If you or someone you care for is in need of immediate assistance you can contact the below National 24/7 Crisis Counselling Services:
Lifeline 13 11 14 – 24 hours a day 7 days a week
Lifeline Text 0477 13 11 14 – 6pm to midnight (AEDT) 7 nights a week
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au
Butterfly Foundation National Helpline 1800 334 673
Carer Support 1800 242 636 or 1300 554 660
SANE Australia Help Centre 1800 187 263 www.sane.org