On the second-last Sunday of October the Catholic Church observes Mission Sunday to renew its commitment to the missionary movement. It was started by Pope Pius XI in 1926 as a day of prayer for missions.
The theme for this year’s Mission Sunday was “Hearts on fire, feet on the move,” which is taken from the encounter of the disciples with Jesus when they were on their way to Emmaus (Lk 24:13-35).
The donations received that day are sent for missionary work around the world. Over the years, the Faithful have found innovative ways to contribute to Mission Sunday. Since the past few years, the items donated by the Faithful of Angelore are auctioned and the proceeds are sent to be utilised for the missionary work.
Following this tradition, the auctions were held after the 5.00 pm mass on Saturday 21st October and after all the masses on Sunday 22nd October. From grocery to vegetables to cutlery to homemade wine to pickles to idlis to country cock, every conceivable item came under the hammer. There was fierce competition among the bidders, which also provided some entertainment to the onlookers. An ardent nature lover, Mrs. Anitha Almeida, had prepared nearly 600 saplings of vegetables, the sales proceeds of which were donated for the cause of Mission Sunday.