About the Missionary Childhood Association (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.

Authorized by the Vatican, and in collaboration with the U.S. Bishops, MCA distributes educational and fund-raising programs to schools and religious education programs throughout the United States. It is sometimes known as the Pontifical Association of the Missionary Childhood because it is sponsored in a special way by the Pope. It is the official agency of the Holy Father for the distribution of the fund raising proceeds realized through the efforts of children for their underprivileged brothers and sisters in Third World situations.


Can a kid be a missionary? Missionary Childhood Association says Yes



Welcome to the new 2017-2018 school Year!

It is with great joy that we welcome you this new 2017-2018 school year!  We are grateful of your support of MCA and invite you to participate with us in this new year as we join together to help students in our Schools and Parishes embrace their Baptismal call to be Missionaries!


Summer Mailing Package

We have mailed our MCA Summer Welcome Packets to all our schools.  If you still have not received a packet, please call Maggie Arellano at (213) 637-7416 .  The welcome bulletin and forms included in the summer mailing packet are available online for downloading by clicking below.

>> Resources & Downloadable Materials for 2017-2018 (NEW!)

Please visit us again soon for additional downloadable materials, including lesson plans, videos and exciting new information for 2017-2018!  Also join our facebook page for news and updates at facebook.com/MCAlosangeles