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.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The First of Many Great Days for MCA

After Hurricane Sandy tried her best to blow us off course, the Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) held its First Annual Mission Education Day on December 5.  Adult Moderators and Student Representatives from Catholic Schools and parish Religious Education programs gathered for a day of learning about and praying for the world missions of the Church.

Although the day was initially scheduled for October, the month set aside in the Church to reflect on the missions, there seemed to be a certain synergy with the Advent season as we spent the day reflecting on the over one billion people who are still awaiting the proclamation of the Good News.  Most importantly, we learned about the many ways we could all – even the youngest of us – take action to change that number.
After lighting our Advent wreath’s candle, led in prayer by Fr. Rodney Copp, our Archdiocesan Pontifical Mission Societies Director, attendees heard from Fr. Rocco Puopolo, SX. Fr. Rocco spoke to our students about the same message he taught while in Sierra Leone, West Africa: Never underestimate the power of the Spirit working in you!
Fr. Rocco explained that through MCA, students around the world – even in Sierra Leone – are able to make a difference in the lives of others through their prayers and sacrifices.  He recalled that at the height of the civil war in that country, children sacrificed $100 for MCA, sending it as our students do to the General Fund in Rome, so that other children in the missions may come to know how much God loves them.
At our morning Liturgy, Cardinal Seán O’Malley urged the students to continue on this important path of learning more about the missions and living their missionary vocation.  He then blessed their mission crosses and commissioned them to be the Mission Representatives to their schools and parishes.
After lunch, each group created a craft based on the World Mission Rosary to use as a centerpiece for the missions at their school or parish.  The “Our Father” bead of each decade was made of a collage of pictures from the missions.  The young crafters were encouraged to see the true faces of the missions – these were no models posing for ads.  These were real people in need of our prayers and support.
 Our day ended with Sr. Lisa Valentini, MSC.  Sr. Lisa shared moving pictures of her time in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  Through song and story, she emphasized that everyone in the room is called to make a difference in the world - if you are baptized, you’re a missionary!
As Cardinal Seán said in his homily, this was the first of many great days like this! We hope you can join us next fall for our Mission Education Day 2013.
-Maureen Crowley Heil

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