UNION OF SICK AND ELDERLY MISSIONARIES
History of the Union of Sick and Elderly Missionaries
The Union of Sick Missionaries, was established in 1928, when Marguerite Godet, who wanted to be a missionary but was immobilized by illness, offered herself as a "sick missionary" in the Seminary of Foreign Missions in Paris, thus giving rise to the Union of Sick Missionaries. Today the Union is organized and promoted by the Pontifical Mission Societies, that gather all the chronically ill or elderly who want to offer their pain and their lives for missions.
The Union of Sick and Elderly Missionaries is an invitation to the elderly, the disabled, and all those who are suffering from a chronic and debilitating disease. In recognizing that “pain can become holiness,” members recognize their pain as coming from the hand of God, and that they are offering their suffering in union with the Passion of Christ. By accepting their illness and offering it up to the Lord, the sick and elderly of the Parish would be uniting themselves to the sufferings of Jesus and Mary, offering them for conversions and an increase of missions throughout the world.
Since all of us have some suffering in our lives, everyone is welcome to join the “Union of Sick and Elderly Missionaries,” but this is a special invitation to our elderly, disabled, and all those in our parish who are suffering from a chronic and debilitating disease. In recognizing that “pain can become holiness,” we pray that members can recognize their pain as coming from the hand of God, and that they are offering their suffering in union with the Passion of Christ.
The Pontifical Mission Societies
As an outreach of Church of the Assumption, with assistance from the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Union of Sick and Elderly Missionaries is an extension of the Pontifical Mission Societies.
What are the Pontifical Mission Societies?
The Pontifical Mission Societies consist of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Society of St. Peter Apostle and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious.
What do these organizations do?
The Pontifical Mission Societies have, as their primary purpose, the promotion of a universal missionary spirit — a spirit of prayer and sacrifice among all baptized Catholics — invite baptized Catholics to express their missionary commitment by offering their prayers, personal sacrifices and financial support for the work of the Church in the Missions.
What does the term “pontifical” mean?
The four Societies each received the title “pontifical” in 1922 to indicate their status as official instruments of the Holy Father and of the Universal Roman Catholic Church.
What makes the Pontifical Mission Societies unique from other mission organizations?
According to the teaching of Vatican Council II, the Pontifical Mission Societies are institutions of the Universal Church and of each local church. Therefore, unlike any other mission organization, the Pontifical Mission Societies are both Pontifical and Episcopal in nature. And, as such, the Pontifical Mission Societies are recognized as the principal instrument for educating the faithful to an awareness of the Church’s universal mission and for encouraging their support, in prayer and sacrifice, for the evangelizing mission of the Church among two-thirds of the human family.
Our Mission at Church of the Assumption
Once you have signed up, you will receive a “special” rosary that was developed by the venerable Bishop Fulton Sheen in conjunction with the Pontifical Mission Society. Each decade of the rosary is a different color, representing a different part of the world united in Christ. Green is Africa, Blue the ocean surrounding the Islands of the Pacific, White is Europe, Red the Americas, and Yellow represents Asia. You will be asked to “commit” to praying this rosary “every day” for the conversion of non-Christians and for the increase of missionaries. By uniting our own pain and suffering with Christ as our model, our offering of prayer, pain, and sacrifice for the missions becomes the spiritual strength for the universal Church.”
In addition, you will receive a copy of The Creed for the Sick Missionary, The Mission Mysteries of the Rosary, and a beautiful prayer card. On the fourth Thursday each month, at 7:30 p.m., we gather with those who are able in the Church for a time of prayer, reflection, and Benediction.
If you yourself are interested in joining our prayer mission, or know of any individual who might be sick, elderly, disabled, homebound and might have interest, please complete the section below and mail it directly to the Rectory at Church of the Assumption, 113 Chiego Place, Roselle Park, NJ 07204, or you can reach out to Anthony Giordano from our St. Vincent de Paul Society via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 908-313-0520.
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