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 29, 2012

A Perfect Offering

One of the most important ways that The Society for the Propagation of the Faith supports missionary priests is through Mass stipends.  Having a Mass offered for someone, either living or deceased, is a gift of tremendous value.   Many people think of Mass cards as something to bring to a wake.  However, it is appropriate to have Masses offered for a number of other occasions—birthdays, wedding anniversaries, graduations—and The Society has Mass cards for all of these celebrations.

I regularly receive letters from missionary bishops and their representatives to express their appreciation for the Mass stipends we send them.  This week I wanted to share part of a letter that came to me from the Vice-Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Mbarara in Uganda, one of the missionary dioceses that benefits from your generosity when you use our Mass cards.

Monsignor Hilary K. Tibanyenda celebrated his golden jubilee of priesthood last year and was delighted to receive your gift.  Likewise, Father John Alfika Ntahorutaba, who is also one of our senior priests.  Your assistance to these two priests is really appreciated bearing in mind that they do not receive a pension or salary from the diocese.

The third priest is called Father Betunga Paschale, who is the Vicar for Religious in Mbarara Archdiocese.  He was ordained in 1979 but for a number of years he has not enjoyed the best of health.  He too is very grateful for your help which will enable him to purchase some of the medicines he needs to take for the rest of his life.  Thank you for assisting him also!  We really do appreciate and value so much what you are doing for Mbarara Archdiocese!

It may seem difficult to believe that a single ten dollar Mass stipend can do so much good in the missions.  Nonetheless, your Mass offerings sent to The Society for the Propagation of the Faith are often the only income that a missionary priest has.  I encourage you to allow your friends and families to benefit from this rich spiritual treasury of the Church by using our Mass cards.  For more information about our work feel free to contact us at 617.542.1776, or by e-mail at
-Rev. Rodney J. Copp, JCL

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