Dear Friends of the Missions,

Peace and health to you and your loved ones!

Our annual worldwide Eucharistic celebration for the Missions and missionaries of the world, commonly referred to as World Mission Sunday, falls this year on the weekend of October 17-18. Our Diocesan celebration will take place in the Church of St. Jerome, Parish of Our Lady of Hope in West Long Branch on Sunday, Oct. 18 at the 11 a.m. Mass. All are welcome to attend.

Two students from St. Jerome’s School won the National Christmas Card Making Contest of the Missionary Childhood Association.  It will be an honor for me to present the awards to Frank and Nina.  This is the first time in our Diocese that we have two student-winners coming from one school.  Their entries bested other 2,000 students in the national level.

As Bishop O’Connell has shared in his message, participation in this annual Eucharistic celebration helps us to respond to our individual call to mission, answering “Here I Am, Send Me.” I ask your own joyful participation in the Church’s worldwide moment for prayerful and financial support for the Church’s Missions, in particular to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Through this collection, you provide for more than 1,100 mission dioceses in territories covering more than half the globe. Your prayers and sacrifices will support priests, religious, and lay pastoral leaders who are proclaiming the Gospel, building the Church, and serving the poor and most vulnerable. Their work and witness to Christ brings both practical help and God’s love, hope and peace.

I thank you as well, for all you do for the missionary work of the Church each October and especially this year during these troubling times.


Gratefully in the Lord,

Rev. Peter James Alindogan

Diocesan Director of Missions


Click to view the 2019-2020 Missions Office Donation Report