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.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Imagination...with a Mission

The imaginations of children are wonderful things. They can so easily place themselves in a distant time or event and make it come to life. Every year, the children in the Religious Education program at Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Plymouth imagine themselves as participants in major events in the life of a very special Child: Jesus. On the Feast of the Epiphany, Blessed Kateri’s children present a pageant that takes them from Mary and Joseph’s trip to Bethlehem to be counted in the census through the Nativity to the arrival of the Magi to worship the newborn King.

This year, the pageant took on new meaning because the Epiphany is also known internationally in our Church as Holy Childhood Day – a day when all members of the Holy Father’s Mission Society for children celebrate their work of solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world. The children at Blessed Kateri and all members of the Holy Childhood Association (HCA) were greeted by Pope Benedict XVI on that day with these words of encouragement: “Observed on the Solemnity of the Epiphany is the Holy Childhood Day, with the motto of ‘Children Helping Children’. This initiative educates children to be formed in a mentality open to the world and to be in solidarity with their poorest peers. I greet affectionately all little missionaries on the five continents and encourage them always to be witnesses to Jesus and heralds of his Gospel.”

The students at Blessed Kateri also used their imaginations recently when the tremendous earthquake struck Haiti. Last year, as part of their mission visit from HCA, they learned about the small island country and the conditions in which children there lived on a daily basis – clean water was scarce, public education was not free, regular meals were not guaranteed. It was not hard for them to imagine how circumstances had gone from bad to worse in an instant; they had been made witnesses to the realities of life for children in Haiti through membership in the Holy Childhood Association.

Your children are invited to use their imagination as members of the Holy Childhood Association as well. They’ll travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem …to the ends of the earth.

To view these HCA members in their beautiful Epiphany pageant, click here.

The Work Continues - Haiti

A few weeks ago we featured the story of Fr. Lavaud Christophe, a newly ordained priest in Les Cayes, Haiti. Through donations of sacred vessels and vestments to our Propagation of the Faith office, Fr. Christophe was able to start his ministry with altar supplies that he would never have been able to afford. The earthquake hit Haiti just a few days after the story was published.

Last Friday we received news that Fr. Christophe has survived the devastation as did most of his parishioners; the meager parish buildings and most of the local housing described in the story were destroyed. Father tells us, “The poorest of the poor have nothing and they do not expect to get anything soon for they are so far in the remote mountain area of Haiti. God only knows.”

Regardless of the destruction, Fr. Christophe’s work goes on – Mass is being celebrated, babies baptized; the sacramental life of the Church remains.

Father’s story is just one of many we are hearing of the comfort being brought to local communities in Haiti by missionaries in whatever way they can.

Fr. Pepe Rodrigues Silverio, a Claretian missionary told Fides News Agency of carrying out “silent, sacrificial and effective work” as a driver. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Fr. Pepe has put his familiarity with the local roads to good use, transporting doctors and nurses and their equipment across the often blocked and crowded roads from his home country to Port-au-Prince. Driving for hours non-stop, Fr. Pepe refers to himself as a “humanitarian aid taxi driver”.

And so the work continues. Go to our main website ( for more updates from missionaries in Haiti. And please, keep the people of Haiti in your hearts and prayers.

The following have been enrolled as Perpetual Members of the Propagation of the Faith:
Barbara Rozyskie, Arthur Lionberger, Rev. Raymond J. Stegmann, Floyd Patterson, Michael Ford, Rev. Gerald D. Perno, Charles Skinner, Rose Di Giacomo, Mario Fainhas, John Fulton Lewis, Rev. Robert Drinan, Damien Nash, Paul Gallo, William Shannon, Judith & John Gregorian, John & Helen Tolczyk, Arthur & Phoebe Gregorian, John & Mary Boyle, John W. Sullivan, Diana C. & Daniel C. Montoya-Fontalvo, Luis Montoya, Miryam I. Fontalvo-Montoya, Isabel &Victor H. Fontalvo, Don, Paula, Sean, Marie, Kathleen & Alex Morgan, Joseph Jordan, Philip J. Matyi, Esther Annastacia & Dante R. Diercole

For more information on how to enroll yourself or your loved ones as Perpetual Members in the Society, please call 617-542-1776 or email: [email protected]