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

One Family in Mission: An Attitude of Gratitude

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, our Mission Family gives thanks for many things. We are thankful to serve the people of God both here in the Archdiocese of Boston and throughout the mission world. Mostly, we are prayerfully indebted to you, our donors. Without the sacrifices and prayers made by the members of the Pontifical Mission Societies, our work would be impossible.

This week, we gratefully reflect on the following:

Some of the first donations to the Propagation of the Faith were sent to one of the greatest mission lands of the time – the United States of America. Sent to help build churches and schools and train priests, these monies were concrete evidence of the belief of 19th century Catholics that we deserved a chance to know the Catholic faith. Here in the U.S., we continued to receive support from the Propagation of the Faith until 1908. We are now the largest donors in the world to that Society, helping over 1150 mission dioceses have the same start on the road to faith that was afforded to us.

Every week, we gather for Mass in our home parishes in the Archdiocese; our children receive their sacraments regularly and there is clergy present to offer prayers over the graves of our loved ones. This is a privilege not shared by all Catholics and one that the Society of St. Peter the Apostle seeks to correct by helping to raise up a local clergy in the missions. With your donations, seminaries and houses of religious formation for men and women are built; scholarships are given to worthy candidates.

Children are often referred to as the future of world. We believe that they have a faith job -- a mission-- now. As members of the Holy Childhood Association, our children are learning that their brothers and sisters in Christ need their prayers and sacrifices so that they may share the blessings common here—those of clean water, education, and the knowledge that Jesus loves them.
Young and old, clergy and laity, spiritual and material support: for all these things, we are grateful. They make us One Family in Mission.

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