How to Help - MCA

How to Help the Missions
All Catholics have the opportunity to fulfill their baptismal responsibility for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ through their active participation in the efforts of the four Pontifical Mission Societies:

► Society for the Propagation of the Faith
► Missionary Childhood Association (MCA)
► Society of St. Peter Apostle
► Missionary Union of Priests and Religious

Where Did Your Dollars Go?
A Look at U.S. Distributions to the Missions 2010:

Three of these Societies — Propagation of the Faith, MCA and Society of St. Peter Apostle — seek prayer, sacrifice and financial support for the Church’s missionary work, and provide ongoing monetary help for the pastoral and evangelizing programs of the Church in Africa, Asia, the islands of the Pacific and remote regions of Latin America.

This includes aid for the education and support of seminarians, Religious novices and lay catechists; for the work of Religious Communities in education, health care and social services; for communication and transportation needs, for disaster and emergency relief, when necessary and for the Church’s ministry to children.

The Missionary Union of Priests and Religious is a spiritual apostolate that helps deepen a missionary spirit among priests and Religious men and women, catechists and educators who in turn help animate the faithful. All can be a part of this effort, especially through prayer and through encouraging others to come to an awareness of their own role in the Church’s missionary work by virtue of their Baptism.

To Help the Missions TODAY You Can:
► Pray daily for the Church’s missionary work - Our Father * Hail Mary * Glory Be *St. Francis Xavier, pray for us.* St. Thérèse of Lisieux, pray for us.

► Offer your personal sacrifice - your pain, your loneliness, your anxiety, your sickness or sadness - in union with the sufferings of the crucified Christ for the redemption of the world.

► Give generously on World Mission Sunday - annually, the next-to-last Sunday of October.

► Encourage mission vocations through the Society of St. Peter Apostle through a donation of $700 to support the education of a mission priest for one year or $300 to support one year’s education for a male or female Religious novice.

► Remember the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Missionary Childhood Association or Society of St. Peter Apostle when writing or changing your Will.

► Offer regular help through MISSION magazine or through mail or parish appeals to your Pontifical Mission Societies (Arch)Diocesan Director.

► Encourage your school or parish to participate in the Missionary Childhood Association and use MCAs mission education materials.

► Be a part of the Propagation of the Faith’s Charitable Gift Annuity. This is an especially attractive way to make a charitable gift and secure a relatively high, lifelong income. Current rates range from 5.7% to 11%, depending on your age.

The tax benefits of the charitable contribution on your current year’s income tax return and the tax-free portion of the annual return make the effective yield even higher.

The minimum gift for participation is $5,000. Most importantly, through this program, you will be helping the Church’s worldwide missionary efforts well into the future.



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