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.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Society Membership Vital To Building the Mission Church

For many years, Catholics have followed the custom of enrolling themselves or their loved ones, living or deceased, in Membership in The Society for the Propagation of the Faith. By doing so, they give an ongoing gift to the new Member and to the missions. Membership means that the person enrolled receives the spiritual benefits of Masses said daily by mission priests; they are also included in the intentions of a daily Mass celebrated at the Vatican.

In many mission locations, funds from Society Memberships are a substantial means of support. One such place is the Archdiocese of Mbarara in Uganda. At a mission school there, the Sisters of Our Lady of Good Counsel provide vocational training to young women who have been left at the margins of life with no skills to support themselves. They are taught to weave sweaters and sew uniforms to be sold to local schools. They proudly model their work in the picture below!

Because of our Members’ support, the Sisters teach not only valuable life skills but priceless faith skills as well.

For more information on 5 year, 10 year or Perpetual Enrollments, please call 617-542-1776 or email [email protected].

The following people have been enrolled as Perpetual Members in

The Society for the Propagation of the Faith:

Megan A. Lally, Rosie & Roy Cataudella, Mrs. Peter M. Ditto, The Parsons Family, Jean Verchereau, Erin V. Lehman, Grace, Ian, Douglas, Charlotte, Scott, Adam & Travis Taylor, The Marie Ketly Rene Family, Joanne & Ann Hyde, Robert, Barbara, Alley, Katherine, Caroline & Allison Brustowiez, Diane, Kevin & Isabelle Ghiozzi, Ernie Field, Br. Donald Fahig, Charles Lloyd, Alexander Haig, David Fred Brownell, Patricia Neal, Mitch Miller, Jean A. & Charles J. Orrell, Ronald, Mary Jo, Leah and Alexander Kriz, Agnes B. Colpoys, Rev. Walter F. Dirig, C.M., Faith Abbott McFadden, Marion & Thomas Errick, Thomas J. Marzen, Hugh C. Newton, Florence O’Leary, Emma Richard, The Fernando Sevigny Family, Lazaro A. & Ana Montes Diaz, Matthew Sullivan, Aine M. Doyle, Fanny, Ed, Patrick & Jennie O’Brien, Jeanne Zambuto & Family, Dorothea V. Moran, Stephen, Donna, Geoffrey, Stephen, James & Matthew Doyon, The Hoey Family, The Ronda Family, Deacon John J. McDonough & Family, William S. Sr., William S. Jr., Lena, Marilyn, Brian & Kiara Slattery, Virginia & Dennis Crowe, Mary & James Quigley, The Brosnan Family, Louis & Margaret Papetti, Paul Gouthro.

-Maureen Crowley Heil

Yes Virginia…

Christmas came a little early this year to the offices of The Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Last week I was visited by one of our benefactors who brought us a sizable legacy from him and from the estate of his late brother. This gentleman had fond memories of his first-hand experience with the Society dating back to his youth. He specifically mentioned our presence for many decades at 49 Franklin Street in the heart of downtown Boston, and his old friend, “Father Cushing.” When we asked him how he had become acquainted with our work, he responded that it had been when he was a young child and had participated in the Holy Childhood Association, the Pontifical Mission Society specifically geared to educate children about the missions.

This donor’s generous contribution to our work highlights two points. First, we are reminded of the vital role that the Holy Childhood Association plays in educating children about the missionary work of the Church during their most formative years. Lessons learned at that early age tend to be retained in one’s memory. It is precisely for this reason that Cardinal Sean has mandated the introduction of the Holy Childhood Association into the curriculum of every Catholic school and program of Religious Education in the Archdiocese.

The second factor in this story is the importance of planned giving to support the work of sharing and spreading the Gospel. Those who invest in annuities with us, or who remember us in their wills, or who are members of the Cardinal Cushing Club as monthly or quarterly donors, all provide valuable and long-term benefits to this most sacred work—benefits that keep on giving even long after our donors have gone to their heavenly reward.

As we are poised on the brink of a New Year, I invite all of you to consider long-term participation in any of these areas of planned giving. Please feel free to contact our office at 617-542-1776 or email us at [email protected] with your questions. We will be happy to explain these options to you.

For more information about enrolling your children as members of the Holy Childhood Association, starting them on a life-long path of service to the missions, contact Maureen Heil in our office at 617-779-3871 or email her at [email protected].

Holy Childhood “Wish Lists”: Bringing Jesus to All

During Advent, many children are spending their time making their Christmas “Wish Lists” in hopes of finding the newest gadgets and toys under the tree on Christmas morning. Holy Childhood Association (HCA) members from across the Archdiocese are working on more concrete things: they are praying and sacrificing so that children in the missions get what they truly need.

Students in the Religious Education program
at St. Clare Parish in Braintree have offered their time, talent and treasure for HCA. The Confirmation class served over one hundred people a spaghetti dinner at the parish; all proceeds went to the missions. Not to be outdone, the students in grades K-8 held a contest to guess how many pieces of candy were in a jar displayed at the Religious Education office. The missions, of course, were the real winners as students spent their own money knowing it would help poor children get what might be their only meal of the day from missionaries.

During a visit to the parish recently, students watched a presentation about HCA’s outreach to children in Ecuador. In the capital city of Quito, many children spend their days working as shoeshine boys instead of attending school so that their families have enough money buy food. When asked what these boys might have on their Christmas “wish list”, one second grade student offered this poignant response: opportunity.

The Holy Childhood Association gives our children the opportunity to not only thank God for their many blessings at this time of year but also to understand that the difference between the needs and wants of life can be tremendous depending on where you live.

At St. John the Baptist School in Peabody, new HCA members brainstormed ways to help fill that gap for others. They spoke of doing extra chores during Advent to fill their Mite boxes, giving up spare change, skipping the reward of a candy bar for good behavior and putting the money saved towards the needs of children around the world. One boy announced that he had already received money for Christmas to buy two video games; perhaps he would get just one and spend the rest helping children know that Jesus was born for them too.

This year, these children and all members of the Holy Childhood Association are spending their Advent making their own “Wish List” smaller in order make sure that all God’s children get what they need.

Come Lord Jesus!

-Maureen Crowley Heil

Jesus Is the Reason for the Season

How often we hear this phrase quoted during the Advent and Christmas seasons; and how often it slips our minds. Many of us are running in several different directions at once, and it seems that we have little time to reflect on the meaning of Christ’s entrance into our world. Even finding Christmas cards that convey the religious truths we celebrate seems to be more and more difficult.

Our office is happy to make available to you three cards from which to choose. You may wish to enroll a friend or loved one as a member of The Society for the Propagation of the Faith for one year. Enrollment carries with it a remembrance in the Masses of missionary priests and bishops all over the world.

The other choice is to arrange for one Mass be offered for someone. Your Mass offering will be transmitted to a missionary priest who will make use of that individual stipend to further his work of preaching the Gospel.

The offering for a one year enrollment or a single Mass is the same—five dollars. Whichever you choose, know that your financial support of our missionaries achieves two goals. The missionary priests who rely on your support will benefit greatly from your generosity, and you will share with your family and friends the true meaning of Christmas.

Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,
your grace into our hearts,
that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son
was made known by the message of an Angel,
may by his Passion and Cross
be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Holy Childhood Thanksgiving Prayer for Children

Loving Jesus, we thank You for children everywhere: those with
blonde hair, red, brown and black; those with skin of every color.
We thank You for those whose lives let them smile and ask You
to bless those who suffer because of poverty, illness or hunger.

We thank You for those with comfortable homes

and ask You to bless those in homes with leaky roofs and dirt floors or those

with no homes at all.

We thank You for those who go to school,

ride bikes and play ball

and ask You to bless those who work all day on the streets or in fields and factories.

We thank You that many

children have loving parents and ask for Your blessing

on those who are orphaned, neglected or abused.

Help us to teach our children to bring Your love and message of

peace, hope and eternal life to all those children who are need of it.


-Maureen Crowley Heil