« Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations: baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time. » (Mt 28, 19-20)
These final words from Jesus in the Gospel according to Matthew reminds the Church of its fundamental mission to share the Good News with all the people of the world. In response to this mission, the Catholic Church has put together a particular service dedicated to the propagation of the faith throughout the world, a service now known as the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples. Among the important organizations of this Congregation, there are the Pontifical mission societies, whose national director for French Canada is Father Yoland Ouellet, o.m.i.
The co-directors of the PMS in the Archdiocese of Gatineau are Francine and Jean-Jacques Allaire.
Their main responsibility is to represent our archdiocese among the PMS of French Canada, and to co-ordinate the annual education and fundraising campaign culminating in the celebration of the Sunday for Missions in October in all the parishes of the diocese.
However, we must not forget that the vast regions of Canada’s north are in themselves a mission for which we are all responsible. In Quebec, the Mission Chez Nous organisation contributes to finance numerous projects in these isolated Christian communities. An annual collection in November is given to this organization in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of northern Canada.