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.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Formation and Information

As I write this post we are in the midst of launching our Missionary Cooperative Program (MCP) for 2012.  This program brings a missionary to every parish in the Archdiocese of Boston for one weekend each year.  These missionaries may be priests, brothers, sisters, or lay people.  They represent the many faces and aspects of the missionary activity of the Church all over the world.
Although a second collection is taken up on the MCP weekend, our primary objective is not simply to raise financial support for the missions.  As is the case with all of the Pontifical Mission Societies—The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Holy Childhood Association, The Society of St. Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union—our goal is to educate our Catholic people about the diversity and richness of the Church’s outreach to those who have never heard the name of Jesus.  It is also an opportunity to remind faithful Catholics that they too are missionaries because of the commission given to them at baptism to carry and share the Gospel message.  MCP involves providing information so that Catholics in our parishes may experience formation in their own role as missionaries.
I wanted to share with you part of a letter I received just today, expressing the gratitude of one missionary bishop in Uganda and reinforcing the importance of the MCP.
The Missionary Cooperative Plan has been of great assistance in the spiritual and material development, not only of the Archdiocese, but of its people as well.  For this reason, we value being assigned to participate in the Archdiocesan Missionary Cooperative Program.  We are aware that the Appeal presents an extra burden to your people, but want you to know that their sacrifices will help us to bring the Gospel to our people who face daily the challenges of poverty, disease, and ignorance.

I am most grateful to you and to the pastors of our parishes who accommodate a missionary for one weekend each year.  May God continue to bless your families and the work of sharing the Gospel message here in Boston and throughout the world.
-Rev. Rodney J. Copp, JCL

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