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On 1st October in the Church of San Salvatore in Onda in Rome we celebrated the Pallottine Mission Sunday, which takes place every year on the first Sunday of October. The main theme for this year we chose: “The Pallottine mission on the periphery”. In this way we wanted to present and shed light on the missionary involvement of members of the Pallottine Family in the various part of the world, that often remain unknown.

The liturgy of today’s celebration was prepared in collaboration with the members of three foundation communities and the lay benefactors of the Pallottine Family. The main celebrant was Fr. Jean Bertrand SAC, General Secretary of the Mission of the Pallottine Fathers and Brothers.

Fr. Jean reminded us that every part of the world and each country has own existential periphery, where we need to reach out by proclaiming the Gospel. He invited us to pray for all the members of the Pallottine Family who are committed to bring the Good News, love and hope in the most isolated places, where there is despair, many suffering and struggles for life: in prisons, in hospices for dying, in children’s centers,  disabled people, youth addicted and new mission in underdeveloped countries. 

We wish all of us during this missionary month, that we will open our eyes and hearts to the existing reality of existential periphery and renew our enthusiasm and missionary zeal in us. 

Sr. Bożena Olszewska, SAC

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"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)

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