What is the Extraordinary Month of Mission?

Pope Francis has declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM). This special month of prayer and action calls us all to renew our missionary commitment. We are called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all peoples. The Extraordinary Month allows for each of us to deepen our personal encounter with Jesus through our reflection on the lives of Missionaries especially those from the Archdiocese and the witness of many Missionaries who never returned home. Let us ask God to renew our Missionary Spirit that through prayer and our generosity we can make God known in all the corners of our world.

Please see the resources available at https://www.wmi.ie/emm for more information. Please use the hashtag #MyMission to celebrate the contribution that you, your family, school or community are making towards this celebration of mission. 

Prayer for the Extraordinary Month of Mission 

Heavenly Father,

when your only begotten Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead,

He commissioned His followers

to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’

and you remind us that through our Baptism we are made sharers in the mission of the Church.

Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be courageous and zealous

in bearing witness to the Gospel,

so that the mission entrusted to the Church, which is still very far from completion, may find new and efficacious expressions that bring life and light to the world.

Help us make it possible for all peoples to experience the saving love

and mercy of Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

One God, forever and ever.



Who are World Missions Ireland:

World Missions Ireland is Pope Francis’ official charity for overseas mission. We’re part of a worldwide network of 120 offices, under the coordination of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Rome. We are the Holy Fathers chosen instrument for sharing the Gospel and building the Church throughout the world. We believe in the dignity of all, and we support everyone regardless of race, gender, religious or political beliefs.

Through your prayers and generosity we can reach out to missionaries who work in some of the most inhospitable, marginalised and disadvantaged communities in the world. Your support means we can offer aid to struggling communities, allowing them to grow and thrive. Because of you, we can bring hope and love to places where there are turmoil, poverty, and uncertainty. Thank you for all you make possible.

How can we support this work:

On Mission Sunday every year Parishes around the country have a special collection for the Propagation of the Faith, if you would like to contribute at other times through the year please send your donation to World Missions Ireland, C/O Ara Coeli, Cathedral Road, Armagh. BT61 7QY.

Who is the Diocesan Director for the Pontifical Mission Society:

The Current Diocesan Director is:

Fr Barry Matthews 

Our Lady of Lourdes Presbytery,

Hardmans Gardens,