Catholics in western Oregon will be asked to donate to the Catholic Church’s worldwide effort of evangelization and the development of peoples the weekend of Oct. 23-24.

The World Mission Sunday Collection, an observance of universal Catholic solidarity, has been an annual event since 1927. It supports missionary efforts across the globe. 

“We know that the call to mission is not a thing of the past, or a romantic leftover from earlier times,” Pope Francis said in his message for the day. “Today too Jesus needs hearts capable of experiencing vocation as a true love story that urges them to go forth to the peripheries of our world as messengers and agents of compassion. He addresses this call to everyone, and in different ways. We can think of the peripheries all around us, in the heart of our cities or our own families. Universal openness to love has a dimension that is not geographical but existential.”

The collection supports ministry in more than 1,100 mission dioceses.

“We are called to personal encounter with Jesus Christ alive in the church, and to offer, through this Eucharistic celebration, our prayers and our generous financial support to continue the mission of Jesus,” says an appeal from the U.S. Catholic bishops.

The bishops note that $25 helps support a catechist for a month in remote Latin America, $75 provides for the work of religious sisters caring for orphaned children in Africa, and $100 assists poor children in boarding schools in Asia.