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

You Did it For Me

Presently we are in the midst of our Missionary Cooperative appeals in the parishes of the Archdiocese.  Although the collection of funds to support missionary activity worldwide is an important element of this program, equally important is the mission education that takes place, bringing information to our parishioners about the “hands on” work that is the lifeblood of evangelization.  The sharing of the Gospel message takes place “person to person” and the relationships that develop between those who preach the Gospel and those who hear it are fundamental to understanding the relationship between believers and Christ himself.

Scripture portrays, time and again, the deeply personal interaction of Jesus with the people of his day.  Whether it be the woman caught in adultery, Lazarus raised from the dead, the lepers cleansed and renewed spiritually and physically, or the Samaritan woman at the well who came to faith—all were changed, not only because Jesus DID something for them, but especially because he CONNECTED with them in a very personal way. 

Pope Francis, in a personal message to the people of Argentina, recently made this point with regard to charitable interaction.

Sometimes, I ask people, "Do you give alms." They say, "Yes, father." "And when you give alms, do you look into the eyes of people you are giving alms to?" "Ah, I do not know, I don't really think about it". "Then you have not reached out to those people. You just tossed them some charity and went away. When you give alms, do you touch their hands or just toss them the coins?". "No, I toss them the coins". "Then you have not touched them. And if you have not touched them, you have not reached out to them." What Jesus teaches us, first of all, is to reach out to each other, and in reaching out, helping one another.

Your generosity to the missions through your contributions o The Society for the Propagation of the Faith enables us to bring that personal touch to the people to whom we minister.  May God bless that generosity and return it to you a hundred and a thousand times over.
Rev. Rodney J. Copp, JCL

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