Home Mission Sunday

18/07/2012 10:30 am

Young man standing in a seated crowd

16 September 2012

Home Mission Sunday is the day in the Church's calendar when the Catholic community in England and Wales is invited to pray for, celebrate and support the work of evangelisation in England and Wales.
It falls this year on 16 September and the theme is ‘Confident in Faith’.

Home Mission Sunday 2012 is intimately connected to the opening of the Year of Faith which will commence just over three weeks after Home Mission Sunday on 11 October.

The Rt Rev Kieran Conry, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis highlights the scriptural grounding to the day: 

"One of the purposes of the Year is to invite baptised Catholics to rediscover and be more confident in their faith. This is what St. Peter demonstrates so powerfully in the Gospel for Home Mission Sunday, proclaiming 'You are the Christ' Mark 8: 27-35. The more confidence we have in Jesus Christ as Our Lord and Saviour, the more ready and equipped we are to share the treasure of our Catholic Faith." 


The second collection that parishes are invited to have on Home Mission Sunday directly supports the work of the Bishops’ Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis, with an important instrument being the Home Mission Desk. In the past year the funds received from the collection have enabled us to pursue significant evangelisation projects.

Home Mission E-Briefing

A free electronic resource sheet is sent out monthly providing information about the latest evangelisation news and resources.

If you’d like to receive it please email us here


The Home Mission Desk of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis


Scripture Passages for Home Mission Sunday 2012

Home Mission Sunday Photostream

Catechism of the Catholic Church – The Characteristics of Faith

Year of Faith Resources and Information, Coordinated by the Home Mission Desk

Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation – Year of Faith Web Page

Parish Resources


Feature (Welsh)

HMS-2012-web-feature-welsh.pdf 203.90 kB

Welsh translation of the main web feature for Home Mission Sunday 2012. 


Newsletter (Welsh)

HMS-2012-newsletter-insert-welsh.pdf 160.53 kB

A Welsh translation of proposed text for a parish newsletter.