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, December 27, 2009

Using Time and Talent to Support the Missions

One lesson taught through programs of the Holy Childhood Association is that of offering up your time and talent as well as your treasure for children in the missions. Believe it or not, the treasure is the easy lesson! When the children are handed a Mite Box or Coin Folder in Advent or Lent, they know what to do – fill it with sacrificed treasure. They do this by giving up sodas or candy bars, offering part of their allowance, doing extra chores for payment or emptying their pockets of spare change every day.

Sometimes, the time and talent offerings require a little more prayerful thought. When I visit the schools, they hear suggestions: if they sing or play musical instruments, they could visit a nursing home with friends and put on a concert, offering up the time spent for children in the missions who don’t have access to music lessons because their school (if they have one) barely has the basics. They can stand at the lunch room door and hold it, letting everyone go first, knowing they may not get a seat with their friends and by the time they get in, the French fries might be cold, or worse – gone! If they say a prayer as they stand there, offering their time for children in the missions who won’t eat that day, they are sacrificing for the missions just as concretely as any coin offered.

At this time of year, the Holy Childhood Association gives Catholic children another opportunity; we invite them to enter our Christmas Artwork Contest. By spending time and using their talent to draw a picture of a Christmas scene, children can enter a contest to have their work used as e-greetings on our National HCA website ( The Grand Prize winner’s art is made into the Christmas card used by HCA National Director Msgr. John Kozar. Winners’ artwork also hangs in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. during Advent. Rules and entry forms can be found on our website: Click on the Holy Childhood page, then the Christmas Artwork page. For more information, email or call me at 617-779-3871. Deadline for entry is January 31, 2010.

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