The Mission Hub
The Pontifical Mission Societies include 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. These Societies promote a prayerfulmissionary spirit among baptized Catholics and to gather a fund of support for the evangelizing and pastoral programs of more than 1,150 local churches of the Developing World.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Mass Stipend: A Mission Lifeline
Recently, we were visited in the Mission Office by Bishop Stanley Roman of the Diocese of Quilon, India. Bishop Stanley had travelled over 30 hours to reach us from his home on the western tip of the Indian peninsula. He did so to participate in the annual Mission Cooperative program sponsored by the Propagation of the Faith in parishes around the United States. As part of our support of the over 1150 mission dioceses around the world, Bishops, priests, sisters and lay people who work for the spread of the Gospel are assigned specific parishes in which to speak each summer; the collection given goes directly to their work.
While Bishop Stanley told us that he could not run the programs of his Diocese without this help and the support he receives every year through our International Office in Rome, he said the purpose of his visit was to thank the people of the Archdiocese of Boston for their regular support through Mass Stipends sent to him by our office. The Bishop told us that most of the 250,000 Catholics in his Diocese are poor, working in the fishing industry, living in substandard housing. They are served by close to 100 priests who often receive no salary for the work they do within their parishes. Because of this, the regular Mass stipends sent to Bishop Stanley from this office, made possible by the Catholics of Boston who purchase Mass Cards and Spiritual Enrollments from the Propagation of the Faith, whether by telephone, mail or our website, allow the priests of Quilon to support themselves as they offer Masses for the intention of the donor. This makes the donor a literal lifeline for that priest.
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