Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Membership Sunday, February 5

The annual Membership Sunday for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith serves to remind us that the Church is missionary by its nature; that two-thirds  of the world do not know Christ and His saving love; and that by our Baptism, we are all missionaries, whether we actually travel abroad or support the […]

Diocesan Winners in 2015-16 MCA Christmas Artwork Contest

Madeleine Suhrbier of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish in Ephrata and Evan Sloane from the Mater Dei Community in Harrisburg were selected as two of 24 national winners of the annual Missionary Childhood Association 2015-16 Christmas Artwork Contest. Their original artwork, selected from more than 5,000 entries, is currently displayed in the Basilica of the […]

Children Offer Prayers for Missions

Diocesan Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) children offered prayers for the missions with the World Mission Rosary during Mission month in October. Among those who prayed the World Mission Rosary were students from St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Bonneauville; Holy Angels Parish in Kulpmont; Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Lancaster and St. Anne School […]

“With a faith brought by missionaries . . .”

World Mission Sunday – October 23 Remember this image? In 2014, the theme for World Mission Sunday was “I Will Build My Church,” featuring the Church in Mongolia — the world’s youngest Catholic Church. After many decades of struggling in a communist-ruled country with no religious freedom, it was just a little more than 20 […]

Join the Worldwide Mission of Jesus

Dear Friends in Christ, Founded by the Venerable Pauline Jaricot, the Society for the Propagation of the Faith seeks prayers and alms for the world’s missions. There are over 1,150 mission dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and in remote regions of Central and South America which depend upon the subsidies received from the […]

Missionary Childhood Association Announces Local Christmas Artwork Contest Winner

Drawings depicting classic images of the Christmas story, each with a contemporary flair, took top honors in the Missionary Childhood Association’s annual artwork contest for elementary school age children. “The birth of our Lord was heralded by the angels, ‘good news for all people,’” said Father Andrew Small, OMI, National Director of the Pontifical Mission […]

World Mission Sunday, October 18

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Every year we remember in a special way our Baptismal call to mission as we celebrate World Mission Sunday, this year on October 18. On this Sunday, we will gather at the Holy Eucharist, as will Catholics throughout the world, in a spirit of love for evangelization so […]

Summer Missionary Cooperative Appeal

With all the means of communications at our disposal, we can hardly be unaware of the many challenges facing third-world countries. Because of the avalanche of needs, many of us feel bombarded with so many requests and appeals for our financial assistance. It can be overwhelming to hear of such great need in the face […]

Wanted: Rosary Makers

Wanted: Rosary Makers. When the Missions Office first posted this notice in parish bulletins in the fall of 2013, I wondered if we would get a response. We wanted to provide World Mission Rosaries for all of our diocesan children as a means of teaching them how to pray for children in the missions. However, […]

Two Diocesan Students Winners of National Christmas Art Contest

A special Mass Dec. 5 and an exhibit at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington celebrated the winners of the annual Christmas artwork contest sponsored by the Missionary Childhood Association. An agency of the Pontifical Mission Societies, the association asks children in the nation’s elementary schools and parish religious […]