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.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Making a World of Difference Through HCA

Since its founding, the Holy Childhood Association (HCA) has had one focus – to bring Jesus’ love to all the world’s children. We ask members to do this in two ways: prayer and sacrifice. A Hail Mary prayed daily for children everywhere is the first membership requirement; sacrifice is next.

HCA members are asked to give up three things for children who don’t share our blessings: their time, talent and treasure. The treasure is the easiest to explain – our children are quite practical when presented with the facts of life in the missions.

Schools, clinics, feeding programs and clean water all cost money. By sacrificing a soda or a candy bar weekly or buying the medium popcorn at the movies instead of the large one (and giving the difference to the missions) our children make a concrete change in the lives of others.

The concept of offering up time and talent can be a little harder to grasp. HCA asks students to think and act every day according to Jesus’ rules of love and prayerfully offer those actions to help the missions. Perhaps they could hold the lunch room door for their class, knowing that once inside, they may not sit with their friends, there will be less time to eat and maybe, the french fries will be cold! How does it work for the missions? As they act as Jesus would, they say a prayer for children who have no school to attend, no lunch to eat. These sacrificial actions are just as important as any coin put aside.

HCA’s Christmas Artwork Contest is another way members can use their time and talent to focus on the missions. Sponsored by HCA nationally, all Catholic students in grades K-8 in parish religious education programs, Catholic schools or home schools may enter. The Grand Prize winner’s artwork is made into the Christmas card used by Msgr. John Kozar, our National Director. Twenty four finalists will have their artwork displayed during Advent 2011 at the National Basilica in Washington, DC and are guests of honor at a special Mass there. The art is also made into e-greetings on our National Website!
Boston's last winner was Marissa Perotta from St. John the Evangelist Parish in Winthrop, MA.

For more information about HCA’s Artwork Contest, click here.
This Advent, help your child offer up their time and talent for children in the missions: it can make a world of difference!
-Maureen Crowley Heil

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