This year, Pope Francis has declared October an Extraordinary Missionary Month and asks each of us to consider ‘What’s My Mission?’
In Pope Francis’ special message for World Mission Day, he says:
‘This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always…. As far as God’s love is concerned, no one is useless or insignificant. Each of us is a mission to the world, for each of us is the fruit of God’s love.’
This year Catholic Mission is supporting communities in Ghana. In Ghana there are many children who go to school, hang out with friends and family, and do fun things like sport. Distressingly, some children, especially those with a disability, struggle to have their basic needs met, such as food, clean water, healthcare and education.
Thankfully, the Nazareth Home for God’s Children in the Diocese of Yendi in Ghana is a haven where children of all ages are loved and cared for unconditionally. Sister Stan Therese Mumuni, founder and director, has dedicated the last ten years to running the home, which currently cares for 78 boys and girls, providing them with safety, nutritious meals, healthcare and education.
Sister Stan ensures the children receive quality education so that they may one day gain employment and provide for themselves. Her dream is that they will return to their home community and show how the love and support of the Church has empowered them to develop and reach their goals.
The Nazareth Home for God’s Children is one of the many critical initiatives established by the Catholic Church in Ghana to develop and nourish the country’s most vulnerable young people. Without the tireless efforts of Sister Stan and other religious and lay missionaries around the country, many children will lose out on all that life has to offer.
On Wednesday October 30, our community will be involved in activities to raise funds for these communities in Ghana. Students are encouraged to wear colourful socks and support Catholic Missions with a gold coin donation. There will be a sausage sizzle, cake stall and lots of fun activities in the afternoon.
Rose McAllister, Teaching and Learning Coordinator, Religious Studies