The Pontifical Mission Societies

Reaching Out To The World

Founders of a worldwide apostolate

We are one family in mission…

There are four Pontifical Mission Societies. They have, as their primary purpose, the promotion of a universal missionary spirit – a spirit of prayer and sacrifice – among all baptized Catholics. The first three Societies, in carrying out that goal, invite baptized Catholics to express their missionary commitment by offering their prayers, personal sacrifices, and financial support for the work of the Church in the Missions. The Missionary Union of Priests and Religious works to deepen mission awareness among priests, men and women Religious, catechists, and educators, so that they are fully prepared to take on the mission formation of the faithful.

For more information and history, Read “The Match that Lit the Fire” the history of Pauline Jaricot.

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World Mission Sunday 2021

“We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” 
Act 4:20


EVERY YEAR, SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPENS on the next-to-last Sunday of October. WORLD MISSION SUNDAY joins all Catholics of the world into one community of faith. At Mass that Sunday, we recommit ourselves to our common vocation, through Baptism to be missionaries, through prayer, participation in the Eucharist, and by giving generously to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Sunday this year reflects on the theme: “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). He reminds us that, “as Christians, we cannot keep the Lord to ourselves,” as we “recall with gratitude all those men and women who by their testimony of life help us to renew our baptismal commitment to be generous and joyful apostles of the Gospel.” On World Mission Sunday, we join our Holy Father in supporting his missions. As we pray and respond here at home, we share in those celebrations taking place in every parish and school throughout the world. Together, through our prayers and financial support, we bring the Lord’s mercy and concrete help to the most vulnerable communities in the Pope’s missions. In a world where so much divides us, World Mission Sunday rejoices in our unity as missionaries by our Baptism, as it offers each one of us an opportunity to support the life-giving presence of the Church among the poor and marginalized in more than 1,111 mission dioceses. 

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention

October

Intention for evangelization – Missionary disciples
We pray that every baptized person may be engaged in evangelization, available to the mission, by being witnesses of a life that has the flavour of the Gospel.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is World Mission Sunday?

About World Mission Sunday…

In 1926, Pope Pius XI established an annual collection for the missionary work of the Church worldwide called “World Mission Sunday.” World Mission Sunday, organized by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice.

As described by Pope John Paul II, World Mission Sunday is “an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches how to give: as an offering made to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world” (Redemptoris Missio 81). The Society for the Propagation of the Faith is entrusted with the promotion of World Mission Sunday, collection of the proceeds, and distribution of the proceeds.

As a representative of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Mission Office in San Francisco sends the proceeds to the National Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States. Offerings from Catholics in the United States, on World Mission Sunday and throughout the year, are combined with offerings to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith worldwide.

Mission dioceses – about 1,100 at this time – receive regular annual assistance from the funds collected. These mission dioceses submit requests to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and Pontifical Mission Societies for assistance for needs such as catechetical programs, seminaries, the work of religious communities, communication and transportation needs, and the building of chapels, churches, orphanages, and schools. These needs are matched with the funds gathered in each year. The world’s national directors of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith vote on these requests, matching the funds available with the greatest needs. These funds are then distributed in their entirety to mission dioceses throughout the world.

Every year, the needs of the Catholic Church in the missions grow – as new dioceses are formed, as new seminaries are opened because of the growing number of young men hearing Christ’s call to follow Him as priests, as areas devastated by war or natural disaster are rebuilt, and as other long-suppressed areas are opening up to hear the message of Christ and His Church. That is why the involvement and commitment of Catholics from around the world is so urgently needed.

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What is the The Society for the Propagation of the Faith?

The Church’s Official Organization for Mission Aid

The Society for the Propagation of the Faith: Helping the World’s Missions.

This Society has become the Church’s official organization for mission aid. The Society for the Propagation of the Faith continues to seek prayer and sacrifice for the world’s missions. Help is offered for pastoral and evangelizing programs, for catechists and catechetical work, for the building of churches and chapels, for the work of religious communities in health care and education, and for communication and transportation needs. The financial contributions in our own Archdiocese of San Francisco largely come from the World Mission Sunday collection each October. Funds are also received from faithful monthly donors, from wills, bequests, and legacies, and through outright gifts made by the faithful of the diocese

TO SUPPORT THE SOCIETY, CLICK HERE.

What is the Missionary Childhood Association?

Children Helping Children Around the World

The Missionary Childhood Association:  Promoting Mission and Global Awareness Among School-Age Children.

In the 1840s, the founders of the new mission societies appealed to the children of Europe to help their sisters and brothers in the missions in China, and so began of what was then called the Holy Childhood Association in which young people can take part in service to mission youth around the world. Now named the Missionary Childhood Association (MCA ), this society is established in mission lands in more than 60 nations. MCA promotes mission and global awareness among school-age children. For more information: MCA, A History of Helping.  MCA is unique among organizations for children in that its primary aim is to encourage children to share their Catholic faith with children in the developing world through their prayers, personal sacrifices, and financial offerings. Children also have a missionary calling: By our Baptism we become members of a family—the family of the Church.  Family members have responsibilities, and our responsibility is to share our faith.  Some people fulfill this responsibility by actually going to mission countries to bring the Good News of Jesus to our brothers and sisters who are in need.  Most of us are missionaries by prayer and sacrifice. MCA engages children positively in the Church’s mission and provides resources and programs to increase their understanding and knowledge of the faith and the larger world.

FOR MCA RESOURCES AND PROGRAMS, CLICK HERE.

What is The Society of St. Peter Apostle?

Supporting Religious Vocations Around the Globe

The Society of St. Peter the Apostle: Educating New Priests and Religious in Developing Countries.

More than 140 years ago, a French missionary bishop in Japan asked for help from French Catholics to support the training of Japanese men for the priesthood. The Bigards, mohter and daugher, started a small group for this purpose in Caen, France. From these humble beginnings emerged the Society of St. Peter Apostle. Within five years of sending their first donation to Japan, the Bigards, and those whom they enlisted to help, were sending funds to seminaries in India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Korea and China.  The goal of the Society of St. Peter Apostle, then and now, has been to invite individuals to support the education of candidates for the Catholic priesthood in the developing world and to support the formation of men and women candidates for the Religious life in the missions. Today, some 30,000 major seminarians, mostly in Africa and Asia, receive important subsidies to meet the costs of their studies and formation.

TO SUPPORT THIS SOCIETY, CLICK HERE.

What is The Missionary Union of Priests and Religious

A Spiritual Apostolate in Support of Missions and Missonaries

The Missionary Union of Priests and Religious: Lay People in Common Cause with Religious and Pastoral Leaders.

Founded in 1906, the Missionary Union is a spiritual apostolate. Unlike the other three Pontifical Mission Societies, this mission society does not collect or distribute funds. Its purpose is to educate and inspire priests, men and women religious, pastoral leaders, and those responsible for catechesis and religious education so that they may better animate others to share their faith and to be missionaries themselves, supporting also the missionary work of the Church worldwide.

I would like to serve as a lay missionary: What should I do?

There are a number of local and national organizations that help connect lay Catholics to mission opportunities in the United States and abroad. Contact the Catholic Volunteer Network, a national membership organization of Christian volunteer and mission programs that fosters and promotes full-time national and international service opportunities for people of all backgrounds, ages, and skills: www.catholicvolunteernetwork.org. Member programs have volunteer positions available in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and in over 100 countries across the world, ranging from a week to a summer to a several-year commitment and everything in between.

TO JOIN IN THIS APOSTOLATE, CLICK HERE.

Mass Intentions

A beautiful way to remember, honor or thank a loved one, while supporting missionary work, is to have a Mass celebrated for them by a missionary priest. Through the Mass offering, you and your loved one will be united in the love of Christ with your brothers and sisters in another part of the world.

Help support a missionary priest by having Masses said for Loved Ones

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Missionary Childhood Association (MCA)

“Children Helping Children” around the World

The Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) is a Pontifical Mission Society – and the Holy See’s official agency for mission for children — whose motto is “Children Helping Children.”  Young people are invited to pray, do good works, and to offer financial help so that children in the Missions today may know Christ and experience His love and care.  If you think you can’t “go on mission,” think again: Some give to the missions by going; some go to the missions by giving.
 
MCA gives our students the opportunity to be co-missionaries as they support missionaries around the world who bring the Good News of Jesus, especially to children. Though not directly (at least not yet – fingers crossed), our students get to share their faith with their peers in mission lands. 

Opportunities for Growth.  To help our children grow in the faith, as well as learn about other cultures, monthly educational and spiritual resources are available from the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  You can receive these by e-mail; just give us your current e-mail address. Or download the monthly resource files in PDF format on this page.  Encourage children to pray The World Rosary.  And all are welcome to join in the annual Christmas Artwork Contest.

The Missionary Cooperation Plan  –  MCP

Devoted to solidarity and understanding

The Missionary Cooperation Plan of the U.S. Catholic Church, referred to as MCP, was started in the late 1930’s and is conducted in Dioceses across the United States. It is a way of centralizing the efforts of missionary organizations from around the world who wish to appeal to Catholics in the United States. The purpose of MCP is two-fold. First, the many mission dioceses/religious congregations/lay organizations get a change to personally appeal for prayer and financial support from Catholics of the United States. Secondly, we Catholics get the opportunity to be educated about what is happening in the mission field today.

Below you will find complete information about MCP; the MCP Application Form for the Archdiocese of San Francisco; and a sheet of MCP Requirements and Guidelines for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Thank you for your interest in MCP.

What is MCP?

MISSIONARY COOPERATION PLAN    –     WHAT IS MCP?

The Missionary Cooperation Plan of the U.S. Catholic Church, referred to as MCP, was started in the late 1930’s and is conducted in Dioceses across the United States.  It is a way of centralizing the efforts of missionary organizations from around the world who wish to appeal to Catholics in the United States.

The purpose of the MCP is two-fold.  First, the many mission dioceses/religious congregations/lay organizations get a change to personally appeal for prayer and financial support from Catholics of the United States.  Secondly, we Catholics get the opportunity to be educated about what is happening in the mission field today.  There are many new strides in mission.  We emphasize solidarity and understanding of situations that make life so difficult for so many people.  The US Catholic Bishops describe solidarity, in their statement, “Called to Global Solidarity:  International Challenges for U.S. Parishes, as:  “action on behalf of the one human family, calling us to help overcome the divisions in our world.  Solidarity binds the rich to the poor.  It makes a free zealous for the rights of the oppressed.  It drives the comfortable and secure to take risks for the victims of tyranny and war…”

It is the responsibility of the Mission Office, under the direction of the Archbishop, to choose who is invited to come to the Archdiocese.  Each parish in the Archdiocese of San Francisco is annually assigned a missionary group.  Appeals are made anytime from March through the end of August.

The Mission Office believes that it is important for Catholics in the Archdiocese to understand why missionaries come to your parishes each year.   The plan gives parishioners an opportunity to learn about missions at home and abroad and an opportunity to financially assist the mission organizations in their efforts to spread the Gospel.  Please extend a warm welcome to the missionaries as they share their faith stories in your parish.  Thank you for the support and solidarity you have given in the past and will continue to give in the future.

Missionary Cooperation Plan Application

Fill out this form completely and submit it to the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Fillng out this form does not guarantee an assignment. The information will be used in considering your application for the Missionary Cooperative Plan or to update our files. Thank you for your help

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Application Guidelines and Requirements

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Missionary Cooperation Plan in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Please know we consider our speakers to be partners in our efforts to animate and educate the Catholics of the Archdiocese of San Francisco concerning the mission endeavors of our Universal Church.
To be considered for the Missionary Cooperation Plan, this form must be filled out completely.

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MCP Assignments for 2021

Thank you for supporting the Missionary group that made a Mission Appeal in your Parish.. It is greatly appreciated.

For a list of the Missionary groups assigned to the MCP 2021, click HERE

There are many ways to give…

DONATE ONLINE

Donations to any or all of our mission programs can be made on this website, with credit card payment. Thank you for your prayers, sacrifices, and financial support of the Pontifical Mission Societies. 

DONATE BY PHONE

Call 415-614-5670 to make a credit card donation by phone, or to discuss donations of any type.

ESTATES, WILLS, and TRUSTS.

Please remember the work of our missionaries in your Last Will and Testament or Estate Planning.

Cash Donations by Mail

Cash donations are welcome.

Please send all donations to:
Mission Office
Archdiocese of San Francisco
1 Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco  CA   94109 

Donate by Mail

If paying by check, please make your check payable to the program or mission society of your choice.

Please send all donations to:
Mission Office
Archdiocese of San Francisco
1 Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco  CA   94109 

Donate by Mail

If paying by credit card, please download, complete, and mail in the Credit Card Donation Sheet below.

Please send all donations to:
Mission Office
Archdiocese of San Francisco
1 Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco  CA   94109 

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MISSION OFFICE ARCHDIOCESE OF SAN FRANCISCO

1 Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Make your gift online here

 
Use this form to direct your gift to the mission or program you want it to support. Make a one-time gift, or pledge to continue this gift as a recurring donation on a regular schedule. Use this form to make your choices, supply your information, and push the button to Proceed to Payment. If you have comments or particular needs to communicate, please include them in the box for “Comments or Questions.”

Need to talk to someone? Phone the Mission Office at 415-614-5670.

 
Every small gift makes a big difference.

Your gifts helps to sustain priests, religious, and lay pastoral leaders in more than 1,100 mission dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, as they proclaim the Gospel, build the Church, and serve the poor. With them, you answer, Here I Am, Send Me.” 

Examples of what your help can do:

  • $20 assists with renovation of a chapel in the Fiji Islands.
  • $25 provides support for a catechist in Peru.
  • $40 supports a Sister in Kenya serving among homeless children.
  • $100 can provide a home, food, medical help, and education for orphans in Thailand.
  • $5,000 helps support two girls’ homes in Sri Lanka.

GIVE ONLINE HERE, OR SEND A CHECK TO:
Society for the Propagation of the Faith
Archdiocese of San Francisco
Mission Office
1 Peter Yorke Way
San Francsco  CA  94019