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, November 12, 2013

Making a Big Difference in a Small Way

Quite often, when I am visiting school or parishes, speaking to groups about the missionary work of the Church and the need for everyone to take responsibility for it, I hear the same feedback: I have so little. How can I make a difference when the problems are so large?
 My first response is clear – we can all pray, daily, for missionaries and the people they serve. 
 It has been a great privilege for me to travel to many mission sites around the world as I do my job and when I ask missionaries anywhere what I can do for them, to a person, their answer is always the same: Pray for us.
As Pope Francis recently said, “Prayer is the bread of faith.”
Of course, missionaries have material needs as well as spiritual ones; you may be surprised at the difference that even the smallest contribution can make to their work.  For that reason, I encourage everyone I meet to regularly use our spiritual enrollment greeting cards for every occasion.  Donors can offer just $3 and choose from birthday, get well, sympathy, thank you, or thinking of you cards, among many others.  We also offer cards for those receiving the sacraments of the Church. Our special Christmas enrollments are offered for $5. 

The person receiving the card becomes enrolled as a member in The Society for the Propagation of the Faith and shares in the intention of 15,000 Masses said over the period of one year by priests in the missions as well as a daily Mass said at the Vatican.
And how does $3 help a missionary’s work?

  • Twelve disabled elderly are fed at a mission clinic in Haiti
  • Six children are vaccinated against polio in Zambia 
  •  Three people suffering from cholera in India will receive life-saving IV fluids
  • Seventy-five children will have pencils for school in Ecuador
Many of us spend so much more on secular greeting cards; their verses sometimes do not quite express exactly what we want to say to the person to whom we are sending it.  Imagine if with every card you send, your message said, “You are so special to me that I’ve asked thousands of missionaries to pray for you!”

For more information about our spiritual enrollment cards and to see our full catalog of the different cards, click here
-Maureen Crowley Heil

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