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.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Our ONE FAMILY IN MISSION is looking to adopt someone:

While out preaching around the Archdiocese to bring the Mission Message to our parishes, we’re very frank: we need your help. The Propagation of the Faith, one of the Holy Father’s four Pontifical Mission Societies, cannot do the work the Pope asks of us without the assistance of all baptized Catholics.

Your help can come to us in many different ways. The first is obvious and one that’s necessary: material support. The churches, schools and clinics that are built and the people of God trained to staff those facilities so that the Gospel can be proclaimed are not without a price. We know you understand that – the people of the Archdiocese of Boston have been very generous over the years in the pews, through our mail appeals, in the purchasing of our Mass Cards and Spiritual Enrollments, and by leaving us a legacy in their will. We thank you for your continued support.

What we find ourselves in need of at this moment is something that money can’t buy – you.

Can you help us with:

· Counting inventory from our closed store
· Data entry
· Answering phones
· Filling parish orders for Spiritual Enrollments and Mass Cards
· General office work
· “Day-of” help for special events

The missions need each of us to give not only of our treasure, but our time and talent as well. We would happily accept any contribution to our Mission Family that you could make. Are you available once a week? Once a month? Quarterly? You would be a welcome addition to our home at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center at 66 Brooks Drive in Braintree.

For more information on how you could help to make a real difference in the lives of those who live in mission dioceses around the world through volunteering for the Propagation of the Faith, go to our website at Watch the 5-minute video on the front page of who we are and why we see ourselves as a Faith Family. Then contact us by calling 617-542-1776 or email us at [email protected]

We look forward to you joining our One Family in Mission on a regular basis!

The Greatest of These is Love

This past week I welcomed to our offices in Braintree Father Mathew, a priest of the Order of Saint Camillus (Camillians). Camillus de Lellis, (1550-1614), the founder of this religious community, traveled a somewhat circuitous route in his journey of faith. He was, at one point, a soldier who lived a fairly dissolute life. Following his spiritual conversion he first attempted to join the Capuchin Franciscans, but was unable to continue in that community due to his physical infirmities. After much soul searching and prayer, he founded a new community of priests and brothers dedicated to the care of the sick. He took as his inspiration the words of Jesus: as often as you did it for one of the least of my brothers or sisters, you did it for me.

The Camillians recently celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their ministry in the Archdiocese of Bangalore, India. There they operate a multi-faceted program directed toward helping those who suffer from HIV/AIDS. While they minister to people of all ages, their major focus is assisting children who are victims. They operate the SNEHA Care Home for orphaned children with HIV. They provide a loving and protective environment, a value-based education, psychosocial support, medical care, a home free from stress and prejudice, and improved confidence and self-esteem for their little clients.

Father Mathew wanted to acquaint me with his work and to request inclusion in our Archdiocesan Missionary Cooperative Program for 2012. In listening to his story, I was convinced of the importance of his apostolate and look forward to welcoming him back to the Archdiocese next year as a participant in our Missionary Cooperative Program.

Father Mathew’s story is compelling. Perhaps you will be fortunate enough to hear it in your own parish when he visits in the summer of 2012. Your generosity will enable Father Mathew and those who minister to the “least of the brothers and sisters” to bring the Gospel message and the hope of a better life to those who suffer.

For more information on the missionary activity of the Church, please visit our website at

Society Membership Builds Up the Body of Christ

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.

Our Enrollments come in many forms. Padded leatherette folders with a picture of the Blessed Mother, Jesus or a Saint on one side and a certificate of enrollment on the other are available for an offering of $5 for a five year enrollment and $10 for ten years. Perpetual Enrollments are available for an offering of $50 for individuals and $100 for families.

In many mission locations, funds from Society Memberships are a substantial means of support. One such place is the Diocese of Chipata, Zambia. Through support from our One Family in Mission, catechists gather at a Diocesan Center to take instruction that they will bring back to their parishes outstations , most of which have no priest on staff. These catechists are responsible for the faith formation of their people between visits from clergy that generally happen only once every few months.

In a very real way, your Membership helps to bring that work to where it is most needed.

For more information on our Five or Ten Year or Perpetual Enrollments, please call 617-542-1776 or email [email protected].

The following people have been enrolled in Perpetual Membership in
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith:

Daniel J. Buxhoeveden, Anne Marie Moore, Rita Ann Durand, Elijah J. Lopes, Louise J. Iverson, Pamela L. Peck, Jane Jeter, William Rodrigues, Charles E. Burrows, Bob Feller, Sparky Anderson, Dan McGaffey, George Blanda, Thomas Fucello, Bernard Quitt, Brendan Perry, Mildred Kinch, John Goyourian, Honorable Paul Garrity, Dr. Wilfred Butterfield, The Ron Nix Family, Bertha McCrae, Maurice Trant, Michael J. Neidl, Jr., Bernadette Neidl, Lillian Niles and Paul Niles

To Proclaim the Good News of Salvation

As most of you are aware, each year every parish in the Archdiocese welcomes a visiting missionary to speak at the weekend Masses on behalf of the missionary activity of the Church. These missionaries bring the message of their work, either as representatives of their own religious community, or as representatives of The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, to our faithful parishioners.

One of my responsibilities as Archdiocesan Director is to visit a certain number of parishes each year and to speak in person about the work accomplished by our Holy Father’s Missionary Societies. These parish visits are the part of my job that I enjoy the most. It gives me a chance to be “out in the field,” meeting with our priests and their parishioners. I am impressed by the work that is accomplished in our parishes, but even more impressed by the warm welcome I receive wherever I go.

Last weekend I had the privilege of visiting Saint Adelaide Parish in West Peabody. The pastoral team, Fathers Raymond Van De Moortell and David Lewis, were wonderful hosts and welcomed me enthusiastically. Saint Adelaide Parish was founded in 1962 and so will be celebrating its Golden Anniversary next year. It was a particular joy for me to spend the weekend there because, as a high school student, I used to substitute as organist at some of the weekend Masses. It was wonderful to see the growth that has taken place there during the last half-century and to experience a lively and faith-filled parish community.

The staff and the members of Saint Adelaide Parish live well the mission statement printed in their weekly bulletin: to proclaim the Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ by strengthening our parish family and by ministering to the spiritual, physical and social needs of the community!!! Congratulations to Father Van De Moortell and Father Lewis and to the staff and parish community at Saint Adelaide’s. As you celebrate almost fifty years of service to the People of God in West Peabody, we wish you Ad Multos Annos!