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Letter from the Director

Recently, I watched a visiting missionary priest open his homily by asking people to raise their hands if they were a missionary. Only three hands went up – and that included the missionary himself! He went on to explain how, by virtue of our Baptism, we are all called to be missionaries, and then asked the question again. This time, all hands went up. Seeing the congregation with their hands held high in affirmation was a powerful symbol to me, and I found myself thinking about what it would look like on World Mission Sunday if all hands, in all the churches throughout the world were raised high – unified in their commitment to continue the work of Jesus Christ. What a profound image!

World Mission Sunday 2017, taking place on the weekend of October 21-22, provides all Catholics with an opportunity to continue our Lord’s mission – stepping outside our borders and boundaries to bring the Good News to our brothers and sisters all throughout the world. Together we can support the young mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and part of Latin American and Europe where missionary priests, religious and lay leaders share our faith and serve those most in need.

At this time, I invite and encourage you and your parishioners to get to the heart of our faith and join with the worldwide Church in raising your hands in a resounding “YES” to the question:  Are you a missionary?

- Reverend Monsignor Terrance Fleming
September 2017

What is MCA?

Founded in 1843, the Missionary Childhood Association (formerly Holy Childhood Association) is an international organization whose membership is made up of students in Catholic elementary schools and religious education programs. It is an organization dedicated to fostering children’s awareness of the missionary nature of the Church.

The Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) program in the Mission Office exists to be of service to schools and religious education programs in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

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