Bishop John J. McIntyre was the main celebrant and homilist at the annual World Mission Sunday Mass on Sunday, Oct.20 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. The Mass commemorated the work of mission churches throughout the world and the support extended to their efforts by the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Prior to Mass, at 6:20 p.m., Bishop McIntyre presented awards to Melissa Mejia, Christopher Solis, Laila Bentley, and Sara Castagno, the winners of the 2012-2013 Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) Annual Christmas Artwork Contest. MCA is the Pontifical Mission Society for children.
Mejia was one of 24 national winners selected from thousands of entries in the National MCA Christmas Artwork Contest. The three other students were recognized by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for their artwork. Additionally, Rebekah Coval was recognized as a Second Place Winner in the Young Adult category of the first-ever Pontifical Mission Societies Song Contest.