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

Society Membership Vital To Building the Mission Church

For many years, Catholics have followed the custom of enrolling themselves or their loved ones, living or deceased, in Membership in the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. By doing so, they give an ongoing gift to the new Member and to the missions. Membership means that the person enrolled receives the spiritual benefits of Masses said daily by mission priests. Members are also included in the intentions of a daily Mass celebrated at the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome.

In many mission locations, funds from Society Membership are a substantial means of support. One such place is the country of Angola, where there is finally a tenuous peace after 27 years of civil war.

In a recent pastoral letter, the Bishops of Angola said, "We welcome the progress made in these eight years of peace: the lines of communication, in themselves vital to progress, have improved, giving credit to the government and easing the lives of citizens. However, we recognize that further progress is needed. Not only schools, but also the basic health services, should be established in our villages so that every patient, pregnant women included, can receive due attention. Helping the Church rebuild its schools and its health infrastructure is not an extra; it is a way of cooperating in the country's development."

In a very real way, your Membership brings that help to the Missions where it is most needed.

For more information on Spiritual Enrollments and Mass Offerings, click here or please call 617-542-1776 or email

The following people have recently been enrolled in Perpetual Membership in the Society:

The Panzavecchia Family; Patrick S. Guilfoy; Betty & Al Lanisky; Bill McPhee; Lucille Crupi; Bernadette Nelson; The Fallon Family; Anna DaLewis Day; Helen & Lewis Day, Sr.; Grace & Gene Gyebet; Brad & Dottie Day; Marilyn A. Lavery; The Mastendion Family; The O’Connell Family; Paul A. Ruggiero; Barbara Stasium; The Drinon Family; The Gaspre Family; Eleanor Meserve; Karen Johnston; Michael & Paula Anderson; Anthony & Elaine DiGiovanni; Peter & Johanna MacIsaac; Bill, Dot & Bob Giarla; Clara Albiani; Gussie Bonzagni; Johanna MacIsaac; Ray Gachignard; Jeremiah W. O’Connor, Jr.; Jeremiah W. O’Connor, III; The Bruzzese Family; The Scali Family; The Mercuri Family; The Balcastro Family; William T. Schmitt; Gayle Williams; Fr. John T. Foley; Cardinal Alphonse Lopez-Trujillo; Antonio Mesquita; Preacher Roe; Luis deMedeiros; Fulgencia Lugira; Ann Sharpe.

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