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

Mass Stipends for the Missions


Here in the Archdiocese of Boston, many Catholics follow the time-honored custom of requesting a Mass to be celebrated for their loved ones, living or deceased. Many also have Masses offered for themselves and their own intentions.  We thank those who choose to have these Masses said in the missions and invite others to join their ranks in following this tradition.
 When an offering is made to The Propagation of the Faith for a Mass to be celebrated, the stipend is sent to the missions, along with the name of the person or intention for whom the Mass is to be said.  Mission priests serving the Church in Africa, Asia and South America unite themselves and their congregations to you in the clearest sign of our Church’s universality – the Eucharist.
In our office, we regularly receive letters from mission bishops asking for Mass stipends to support their priests.  Our most recent letter came from the Diocese of Chipata, Zambia, one of the largest and poorest in that country.  The territory of the diocese covers an area as large as Belgium and the Netherlands combined; its one paved road covers the entire length of the diocese – 400 miles.  Despite its vastness of territory, the Diocese of Chipata has only 24 parishes to serve a population of 400,000 Catholics. Forty four priests serve in Chipata. None of them receives a salary.
Bishop George Lungu of Chipata writes, “Today, parishes provide food, transport for various apostolates and house maintenance for the priests whereas his personal needs are supposed to be mainly supported by (local) Mass stipends.  But as most of the faithful are very poor, the priests are rarely asked to offer a Mass for a particular person or intention. It is with this in mind that we turn to you.”
As Father’s Day approaches and our thoughts turn to greeting our family and friends with the blessings of the season, please remember that when you make use of our Mass cards, many people benefit.  First and foremost, your loved ones and their intentions are remembered at the Altar of God as a Mass is offered for them.  Second, a priest in the missions will directly receive your offering and be able to serve the people of God entrusted to his pastoral care.  Finally, your loved ones will receive a lovely card acknowledging your support of the spread of the Gospel in their name.
Please help us support priests in the missions by having Masses offered for yourself or your loved ones. Call us at 617-542-1776 or email us at info@propfaithboston.org.
-Maureen Crowley Heil

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