Next Sunday is Mission Sunday with the theme ‘Together We Are Mission’. In his message for Mission Sunday Pope Francis reminds us: ‘I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always; every baptised man and woman is a mission.’ This goes to the heart of our baptismal call. It also challenges the idea that mission work is solely done by missionaries, by asking people to consider the part their own missionary hearts can play in changing the lives of others. We are a missionary people and we have lived our faith here at home as well as sending missionaries from our shores since the time of the early Irish monks right up to the present day to share the joy of the Gospel with other peoples and cultures.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s call to bring the Good News to all peoples. Our Mission Walk next Sunday is an invitation to celebrate our missionary identity and story. It expresses our Baptismal call to be a mission people sharing our faith with others.
In the Harbour Parishes we have many holy sites and sacred places that connect us to the rich history of faith in our community. This year we are choosing to gather in Barnahely Cemetery close to the site of an early monastic Church built by the missionary St Carthage in the 7th century. We will remember all those who have passed on the faith throughout the years both at home and abroad. We will gather, weather permitting, in Barnehely Cemetery at 4.00 p.m. next Sunday to pray and walk as a community in faith to the Oratory, where we will share a cuppa in honour of all those missionaries who have gone before us. All are welcome to join us in the Barnahely Cemetery or the Oratory. Nora Noonan