As the lazy days of summer slide in, parishioners are accustomed to seeing new faces joining them for Mass. Across the Diocese of Trenton, those new faces will not just be those of vacationers or tourists, but of missionaries.
Missionary visits to individual parishes are coordinated through the diocesan Missionary Cooperative Plan, which seeks to promote mission awareness and to inspire prayer and support for their work in all corners of the world.
The 107 parishes in the counties of Mercer, Monmouth, Burlington and Ocean will each host a missionary on a scheduled weekend during the summer months.
Commenting on the significance of parishes hosting missionaries, Father Peter James Alindogan, diocesan director of missions and pastor of St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Lavallette, said, “The Church is universal. We are all Catholic. There are so many needs beyond us, beyond our world in the United States that we must be concerned for. We are concerned for local needs, but we must also be concerned with other needs of our fellow Catholics.
“It is great to see the missionaries during the summer, asking for help, mainly through prayers but also through financial donations to help in their work,” providing such things as education and clean water, “things that are often “taken for granted here in the United States,” said Father Alindogan.[[In-content Ad]]