|Thousands of missionaries worldwide will be supporting the local parishes with their work of evangelization.|
April 7, 2009. This year’s Holy Week missions are taking
place in 13 countries: the United States, Canada, Spain, Italy,
Germany, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, El Salvador, Brazil, and
the Ivory Coast.
In all of the countries where the missions
will be taking place, the main emphasis is on supporting
the local parishes by inviting people to the liturgies and
to the sacrament of confession.
The missions in the United
States and Canada began with the commissioning Mass on Wednesday,
April 8th in 6 cities (Atlanta, Calgary, Chicago, Denver, Miami,
Phoenix, and San Jose).
In Mexico, the missions began on
Saturday, April 4 with Mass at the Basilica of Our
Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the
Apostolic Nuncio in Mexico, was the main celebrant at the
Mass, with 8,000 youth and family missionaries in attendance. After
the Mass on Saturday, the missionaries left for the towns
and villages where they will be working, and started out
their week with the Palm Sunday processions. The total number
of people on missions in Mexico during this Holy Week
In Italy, Father Álvaro Corcuera, LC, presided over
the commissioning Mass on Saturday, April 4 at the basilica
of San Giovanni Battista de’Fiorentini. During his homily, he reminded
the missionaries of the essence of their mission:
a mission?” he asked. “A mission is to proclaim Christ
and bring the merciful love of God to mankind. This
is what you and thousands of missionaries all around the
world will do during this Holy Week.”
Stay tuned for more
news about the missions during the coming days and have
a look at the great photographs and videos at www.demisiones.org.