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, July 7, 2011

To Proclaim the Good News of Salvation

As most of you are aware, each year every parish in the Archdiocese welcomes a visiting missionary to speak at the weekend Masses on behalf of the missionary activity of the Church. These missionaries bring the message of their work, either as representatives of their own religious community, or as representatives of The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, to our faithful parishioners.

One of my responsibilities as Archdiocesan Director is to visit a certain number of parishes each year and to speak in person about the work accomplished by our Holy Father’s Missionary Societies. These parish visits are the part of my job that I enjoy the most. It gives me a chance to be “out in the field,” meeting with our priests and their parishioners. I am impressed by the work that is accomplished in our parishes, but even more impressed by the warm welcome I receive wherever I go.

Last weekend I had the privilege of visiting Saint Adelaide Parish in West Peabody. The pastoral team, Fathers Raymond Van De Moortell and David Lewis, were wonderful hosts and welcomed me enthusiastically. Saint Adelaide Parish was founded in 1962 and so will be celebrating its Golden Anniversary next year. It was a particular joy for me to spend the weekend there because, as a high school student, I used to substitute as organist at some of the weekend Masses. It was wonderful to see the growth that has taken place there during the last half-century and to experience a lively and faith-filled parish community.

The staff and the members of Saint Adelaide Parish live well the mission statement printed in their weekly bulletin: to proclaim the Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ by strengthening our parish family and by ministering to the spiritual, physical and social needs of the community!!! Congratulations to Father Van De Moortell and Father Lewis and to the staff and parish community at Saint Adelaide’s. As you celebrate almost fifty years of service to the People of God in West Peabody, we wish you Ad Multos Annos!

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