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

We Love Each Other

It is always very exciting to visit a new school or parish to speak to the students about the missionary work of the Church and the differences they can make through membership in the Holy Childhood Association.  Helping the children understand what makes one a missionary is a privilege to me. Through HCA, they learn missionaries are not just people who travel to faraway lands to preach the Gospel, but are also every day Catholics like them, who are called to be a witness to God’s Love because of their baptism.
A cold January day found me entering Immaculate Conception School in Lowell for the first time.  Principal Cathy Fiorino had decided to kick off Catholic Schools Week with the most catholic of all subjects – the spread of the Gospel “to the ends of the earth”.  Students showed their spirit for their school by dressing up in their school colors, blue and yellow; they showed their spirit for the missions by their prayerful attention to my story of children in need of Jesus around the world.
When asked about what they do as students of their school to show Jesus to the world – I heard about food drives and fundraisers, dress down days and donations made.  But the best answer of all came from a little voice in the back that called out “WE LOVE EACH OTHER!”

The students nodded in agreement. 
We talked about how they showed that love to each other – through acts of kindness, cooperation, inclusion of all and, most of importantly, through prayer.  They all agreed that the most important thing they could do for anyone or about anything was to pray.
And so I asked them, as new members of the Holy Childhood Association, if they would say a prayer every day – one Hail Mary – for children around the world who do not have access to the blessings that we have.   I showed them a video of my first trip to Haiti, well before the earthquake; they saw children who lived on a garbage dump with no access to regular food, education or clean water.  That is, of course, until a missionary arrived, giving them the opportunity to live a better life through education and knowledge of God’s Love.
The students at Immaculate Conception School were very excited to start out on this new faith journey together.  They know they can make a faith difference for each other but also for children that they have never met through their prayers and sacrifices for the Holy Childhood Association.  They are happily expanding their circle of love to include all children!
-Maureen Crowley Heil

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