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.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Prayer Partners with a Mission

As members of the Holy Childhood Association, our children are taught that the most important thing they can do for others is pray for them. Whether it be the Hail Mary once a day, every day, that we ask of all our members, the recitation of the World Mission Rosary, focusing on a different area of the mission world with each decade or the silent offering to Jesus of an action or good deed done for others, HCA members are made aware of the need for prayer.

For our members in the second grade, these prayers take on a special meaning as they prepare to receive Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion. Because the Holy Childhood Association gives our children a global view of the church, student members understand that in the 1150 mission dioceses around the world that are supported by the Holy Father’s Mission Societies, their brothers and sisters in Christ are taking the same sacramental journey. It only seemed natural to ask them to pray for each other!

Participating students are given a flyer that features the picture of First Holy Communion children from Pakistan, Uganda or Zambia; the sheet also includes some information about that country – what does the flag and a map of the country look like? Who is their national patron saint? The most important part of the flyer is the prayer itself, asking Jesus to bless all children receiving Him for the first time along with all the teachers and catechists that make this possible, at home and around the world.

The children at St. Jeanne D’Arc School in Lowell were thrilled to pose for a class picture, knowing that through the worldwide connections of the Pontifical Mission Societies, parent organization of the Holy Childhood Association, there will be children in the missions seeing it and praying for them. Through their participation in the program, our children are making it possible for missionaries to teach their own students about what it means to be a member of the universal Catholic family – there is ALWAYS someone ready to be your Prayer Partner, whether they live around the corner or around the world.

For more information on making your First Holy Communion students Prayer Partners with a Mission, please call me at 617-779-3871 or email
-Maureen Crowley Heil

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