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, November 22, 2009

One Family in Mission: An Attitude of Gratitude

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, our Mission Family gives thanks for many things. We are thankful to serve the people of God both here in the Archdiocese of Boston and throughout the mission world. Mostly, we are prayerfully indebted to you, our donors. Without the sacrifices and prayers made by the members of the Pontifical Mission Societies, our work would be impossible.

This week, we gratefully reflect on the following:

Some of the first donations to the Propagation of the Faith were sent to one of the greatest mission lands of the time – the United States of America. Sent to help build churches and schools and train priests, these monies were concrete evidence of the belief of 19th century Catholics that we deserved a chance to know the Catholic faith. Here in the U.S., we continued to receive support from the Propagation of the Faith until 1908. We are now the largest donors in the world to that Society, helping over 1150 mission dioceses have the same start on the road to faith that was afforded to us.

Every week, we gather for Mass in our home parishes in the Archdiocese; our children receive their sacraments regularly and there is clergy present to offer prayers over the graves of our loved ones. This is a privilege not shared by all Catholics and one that the Society of St. Peter the Apostle seeks to correct by helping to raise up a local clergy in the missions. With your donations, seminaries and houses of religious formation for men and women are built; scholarships are given to worthy candidates.

Children are often referred to as the future of world. We believe that they have a faith job -- a mission-- now. As members of the Holy Childhood Association, our children are learning that their brothers and sisters in Christ need their prayers and sacrifices so that they may share the blessings common here—those of clean water, education, and the knowledge that Jesus loves them.
Young and old, clergy and laity, spiritual and material support: for all these things, we are grateful. They make us One Family in Mission.

Mass Stipend: A Mission Lifeline

Recently, we were visited in the Mission Office by Bishop Stanley Roman of the Diocese of Quilon, India. Bishop Stanley had travelled over 30 hours to reach us from his home on the western tip of the Indian peninsula. He did so to participate in the annual Mission Cooperative program sponsored by the Propagation of the Faith in parishes around the United States. As part of our support of the over 1150 mission dioceses around the world, Bishops, priests, sisters and lay people who work for the spread of the Gospel are assigned specific parishes in which to speak each summer; the collection given goes directly to their work.

While Bishop Stanley told us that he could not run the programs of his Diocese without this help and the support he receives every year through our International Office in Rome, he said the purpose of his visit was to thank the people of the Archdiocese of Boston for their regular support through Mass Stipends sent to him by our office. The Bishop told us that most of the 250,000 Catholics in his Diocese are poor, working in the fishing industry, living in substandard housing. They are served by close to 100 priests who often receive no salary for the work they do within their parishes. Because of this, the regular Mass stipends sent to Bishop Stanley from this office, made possible by the Catholics of Boston who purchase Mass Cards and Spiritual Enrollments from the Propagation of the Faith, whether by telephone, mail or our website, allow the priests of Quilon to support themselves as they offer Masses for the intention of the donor. This makes the donor a literal lifeline for that priest.

For more information on how you can help us support more missionaries through Mass Stipends, please call 617-542-1776, email [email protected] or click here.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Celebrating 10 Years of HCA in Lusaka, Zambia

Recently, an email came in that was an education to us all; it showed what can be done with a lot of faith and and a lot of organization!

In communication with Fr. Bernard Makadani, the National Director for all four Pontifical Mission Societies in Zambia (, we learned of a special event -- the 10th anniversary of Holy Childhood Association (HCA) participation in the Archdiocese of Lusaka, Zambia. Fr. Bernard as well as the teachers and catechists there are busy teaching their children that to be a Catholic is to be a missionary. It's spreading the Gospel to those around you, but it's also helping those who have never heard of Jesus come to know Him.

This lesson is very real to the children of Lusaka, members of an Archdiocese that is 50 years young -- they are still dependent on help from the Pontifical Mission Societies for parts of their daily life. And yet these children are learning, through their membership in HCA, that a Greater Story exists outside their own. And so, they came. Six thousand of them, dressed in the colors of the World Mission Rosary came to hear about the children of the different continents that their clothing represented. They came to hear what their own responsibilty was to all God's children to make sure that they have the opportunity to know that Jesus loves them.

Fr. Bernard himself describes the event best:

Greetings to you from Zambia.

On 12th September 2009, the Archdiocese of Lusaka celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Missionary Childhood in the Archdiocese, which herself is celebrating her golden Jubilee, 50 years of carrying the treasure of faith. We celebrated with joy, gratitude and hope the gift we received, the gift we continue to share: The gift of our Faith.

Thousands of children attended the event. The children filled the 6000 sitting capacity Cathedral of the Child Jesus as you can see from the pictures. The anniversary was a moment for the children to renew their commitment. They are indeed the treasurer of the Church. They love the church, accompany her, showing her the path of joyful generosity, giving her confidence and opening new paths for evangelization towards those who have not received the Good News.

The missionary childhood are showing the way: Children in Mission like St. Paul celebrating their 10th anniversary in the Golden Jubilee of the Archdiocese. I am very happy to be part of the Holy Childhood Association. Happy for being a missionary with them! Happy because the future is bright, it is in their hands! Another 50 years, we will certainly have a new, more missionary Church rooted in the lives of these children. The faith of the children is enriching the family of God with so much cheerfulness and creativity. Indeed in the Church is embracing them with gratitude.

Together, lets keep helping the children live and spread the gospel. Today, they must be missionaries at home, among their friends, at school, .... always ready and open to the horizons of the whole world.

The pastoral care to the children offers two services to the children. The first principle is missionary education and the second is the promotion of the missionary cooperation with children of the whole world. Through this children become principle agents of the pastoral missionary activity. They receive missionary education and acquire the missionary spirit.

May God bless all the missionary children, their animators and all those who support them and pray for them.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Bernard Makadani Zulu
PMS National Director - Zambia

Here in Boston, we have always been proud of the missionary spirit that has been fostered among us. May that Spirit continue to thrive among our children as it blossoms and grows in Zambia's children as well.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Society Membership Supports Mission Priests

Throughout the centuries, Catholics have followed the praiseworthy custom of requesting that Mass be celebrated for themselves or for loved ones, living or deceased. By enrolling yourself or your loved one in Membership in the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, you give an ongoing gift to the new Member and to the missions. Membership means that a mission priest will celebrate Mass for the person enrolled. As he does so, this priest unites the Society Member with himself and his congregation - a clear sign of the universality of the Church! Members are also included in the intentions of a Mass said daily at the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome for all donors to the Pontifical Mission Societies, living and deceased.

For many mission priests, Mass Offerings are a substantial means of day-by-day support. These men, ordained for the universal Church, are serving the poorest of God’s poor, often depending upon Mass stipends collected from Members of the Propagation of the Faith for the daily operation of their parishes, schools, health clinics and quite often for their own daily bread.

Membership cards and folders are available for various lengths of time (one year to perpetual) and at various prices. Mass cards used to mark birthdays, anniversaries, and sacramental celebrations, to say thank you or pray for healing also help us to support priests doing vital work in more than 1150 mission dioceses around the world.

For more information on Spiritual Enrollments and Mass Offerings, please call 617-542-1776 or email [email protected] To view sample cards and download an order form, go to our website at

The following people have been recently enrolled in Perpetual Membership:

Living & Deceased members of the Kreckler Family, Paul Olsen, Mary McGonagle, Ellen Nash, Desiree Humphries Ivey Family, Margaret R. O’Connell, Kristin, Scott and James Jewell, Hedwig Koch, Joan Miraldi, Susan Mahoney, Jack Pressmann, Anne Marie Starzyk, Robert A. Marsolini, Jennifer Pierce Hornbraye, Robert & Mildred Pierce Family, Rev. Ronald Coyne, Helinski Family, Krawczyk Family, Bernice & Pat Ohnemus, Eileen Breslin, Deborah Dillon, James Brendan Spillane, Ellison Family, Ann Marie O’Hara, Elaine Delisle, Jim Pouillon, Walter. M Oschirra, John Gregory Matt, Anne Tenbrook, Ryan P. Nolan, Lamar Hunt, Thaddeus Matecki, Mary Katherine, Gail, Gary &Todd McInnish, Jason L. Dunham, Walter J. Krawczyk Family