The Wellington Archdiocese is dedicating 2020 as a Year of Mission, to be launched with Mission Expo days in March at Bishop Viard College in Porirua and Garin College Richmond Nelson.
The Mission Expo 2020 college events will showcase many of the missionary activities and opportunities that take place in the archdiocese. They will feature a variety of workshops, display booths, cultural exchanges, food fares, games and much more.
Pope Francis prompted this Year of Mission with his Pentecost Sunday message last year that called on all Catholics and the Church to revive missionary awareness and commitment to give “fresh evangelical impulse to her work, preaching and bringing the world to the salvation of Jesus Christ”.
Wellington Archbishop Cardinal John Dew wrote to archdiocese parishes and schools in December to say 2020 will be dedicated to a Year of Mission.
“All Catholic organisations and people within the Archdiocese and beyond are being invited to participate…to celebrate who we are and how we are missionary disciples in our world today,” he wrote.
The Bishop Viard College expo will be on Saturday 14 March from 10am to 4pm. The Garin College event is a week later, on Saturday 21 March, from 11am to 2.30pm.
Mission Expo 2020 will let everyone sample and see what the Archdiocese has to offer. There will be different booths from organisations and a schedule of activities and fun for children and young people of all ages.
Organisations represented will include Caritas, Passionist Family Groups, Home of Compassion, Catholic Enquiry Centre, Apostleship of the Sea, the newly created Te Kupenga-Catholic Leadership Institute, Life Teen, St Vincent de Paul Society, the Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Relations and many more.
Catholic lawyers will give their time and talents for a free last will and testament consultation. Different cultural groups will showcase singing, dancing and kapahaka.
There’ll be food from our different cultures, and workshops on such important services as hospital and prison chaplaincy.
Fuller details are on the Archdiocese of Wellington website. For further info, contact Mary-Ann Greaney, director Parish Leadership Ministry.
An article about Expo 2020 is online with the February edition of WelCom magazine as well as in the magazine, available at your parish church.