Since 1922, Missio has been the Catholic Church’s official charity for overseas mission. They bring the hope of the Gospel where there is turmoil, poverty and uncertainty in the world, and where the Church is new, young or poor.
Missio empowers local people to form and sustain communities of faith and train and nurture future leaders so that the vital work of the Church in the world can take place.
Missio exists because of the generosity of Catholics. Thanks to generous donations they are able to share faith and love with our brothers and sisters overseas. Missio plays a crucial role in combating injustice, disease, poverty and exploitation in 157 countries.
Mission Together is the Catholic Church’s only official mission charity for children. The unique motto of is children helping children.
Mission Together does a great deal of humanitarian work but its purpose is more than humanitarian aid or development. It is missionary; supporting the spiritual as well as physical wellbeing of children. Through prayer and education it encourages children to collect money
for pastoral, educational, medical and humanitarian projects in poor areas in 159 countries.
Sadly there are thousands of children in Zambia who are orphans. Some of them find a home with extended family, but for many this just isn’t possible. This year Mission Together are aiming to raise enough money to build ten new homes for children who are orphaned.
One home costs £5,000.00 and ten homes would be enough to house a hundred orphaned girls and provide them with the safety, care and security they need for a better future.
Throughout England and Wales, Mission Together volunteers visit schools and deliver assemblies and workshops to share stories of the Church’s worldwide mission. Children here in the UK have responded to these stories, raising money for children in Nigeria, Uganda, Ecuador, India, Ghana and Sri Lanka, to name just a few.
They have also responded in prayer; the Mission Together Prayer is said in schools throughout the country, in classrooms at the start and end of each day, at home in the evenings and in assemblies. In 2010-11, the Mission Together Prayer was said over 500,000 times!
This year the children of England and Wales are supporting projects in Zambia, and we are asking you to join us in our mission to build a better future for children overseas.
Many volunteers are retired teachers but anyone interested in working with schools is very welcome. You just need a passion for the world mission of the Church, be comfortable talking with children, and to care for the future of all children around the world.
Training and advice is given and you will be supported by your Diocesan Director and the team.
Deacon Don Hopkins has now been appointed as Westminster Diocesan Director for Mission Together.If you would like to organise a Mission Together assembly in your school or help Deacon Don as a volunteer please contact him.
You can also find out more by clicking on the links below:
Children’s projects (faith, health and education): http://www.missiontogether.org.uk/
The training of local priests and sisters: http://catholicmissioncharity.org.uk/index.php?cat=8
The building of Church infrastructure and support of faith communities: http://catholicmissioncharity.org.uk/index.php?cat=7
The promotion of world mission through prayer and study: http://catholicmissioncharity.org.uk/index.php?cat=10