The Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) was founded in France in 1843 by Bishop Charles de Forbin Jansen. Its purpose is to encourage all children to be aware of the needs of children living in mission diocese through the world and support them both spiritually and sacrificially. Today it is in 110 countries and helps make Jesus known to children all over the world. Under its banner “children helping children”, monies raised through schools are directed towards self-help programs involving the building of schools, the provision of health and nutrition programs and medications, school fees, and teaching and learning resources.
MCA is a program that falls under the umbrella of the Pontifical Mission Societies. In both our Catholic Schools and Religious Education programs, MCA is rolled out each school year and overseen by the Mission Office. Guest speakers, prayer programs, artwork contests and World Mission Sunday materials are provided and all geared towards spreading awareness with our children.
Teachers and Religious Education instructors are encouraged to contact the Mission office at the end of the school year or during the summer months to order materials for the upcoming school year.
Contact the Mission office either by calling 315-393-2920 or by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All materials are free – but there is a $10 charge for shipping so order as much as you can!
The following materials are currently available to be ordered for use in the MCA program:
MCA MITE BOXES Scripturally inspired by Jesus' parable of the "Widows Mite" (Luke 2:1-4; Mark 12:41-44), these mite boxes are designed to encourage young people to give from their hearts. They can be used for sacrificial giving during Advent, Lent or in Ordinary Time.
MCA POSTERS A full color poster that serves as a visual reminder connecting children to their brothers and sisters in mission countries.MCA PRAYER CARDS For individual student use. These prayer cards server as personal reminders of student's call to missionary discipleship
World Mission Rosary Pamphlet (ENGLISH and SPANISH) This pamphlet explains the meaning and history of the World Mission Rosary.
Children's World Mission Rosary Each decade of that World Mission Rosary calls to mind an area where the Church continues her evangelizing mission. Embrace the world in prayer through with the World Mission Rosary. Learn more at www.worldmissionrosary.org. Each Rosary comes with a pamphlet explaining its history and significance. (there is a $5.00 fee for this item)
All donations to the MCA program should be forwarded by the end of the school year to the Mission Office, PO Box 369, Ogdensburg,
Below are some creative ideas parishes have used in raising funds for large events. Keep in mind that the most successful ideas are the ones that not only raise funds, but also enables the whole parish to play a role in the pilgrimage.
Stock Certificates—This is an excellent program that youth can do by themselves to raise their share of the costs. Copy and give pilgrims a set of the stock certificates along with the instruction page and master list. Explain that the youth are to collect “stock” from family, relatives, and friends. As they do, the pilgrims should tell the stockholders that they will receive a “stock report” from them after the event (in the form of a summary letter). This is a great way to connect the pilgrims back with family and parish after the event and becomes a “win-win” for all involved.
Birthday/Christmas Letter- Have youth write letters to family members or anyone from whom they traditionally receive birthday or Christmas gifts. In the letter youth will ask for a monetary contribution for their pilgrimage in lieu of an actual gift. This is a great way for youth to express in writing why this pilgrimage is important to them and their faith. It is so important that are willing to “sacrifice” having packages to open (Ipod, clothing, etc.)
Clothing Drives—Collect used clothing and rags from parishioners before or after masses. Many textile recycling centers will pay by the ton and will provide the dumpsters to load the clothing into and will do all of the sorting with good clothes going to local thrift stores and unusable clothes recycled for use as insulation, etc. Nothing is wasted!
Pancake Breakfast/Spaghetti Dinners—Hold these once a month on the same Sunday and have a supplementary bake sale and raffle of some donated or handmade prizes at the same time. Many grocery stores will usually donate the supplies if asked (provide the store with a request on parish letterhead beforehand). In addition, consider asking each youth to get three to five business sponsors to place an ad on an 11x17 placemat to be used for the meal. Each contribution can count toward that pilgrim’s fund raising total and insures that the meal event will be a success whether or not hundreds of people show up.
Bottle/Can Drive—(For states that have deposits on their bottles and cans) This could be done on the same Sunday once a month by having an assigned area for the returnables to be dropped off. Have youth available to collect and help carry the bags. Have them all meet to separate after the last mass or as they collect them.
Sports/Festival Booths—Sponsor a food, dessert, raffle, or craft booth at the local or parish festival or sports tournament.
Rummage Sales—Take advantage of your parish hall or gym. Invite parishioners to drop off all items beginning the weekend before (starting with masses). Hold the sale Friday-Saturday so all is done by the next weekend’s masses. Hold a “bag” sale the last 2 hours where everyone pays $5 for a paper bag and anything they can fit in it they get. This helps to get rid of the extra stuff you have left over. Contact the local thrift stores to come in afterwards and take anything that’s left over.
Direct Appeals (Second Collections and Personal Sponsors)—Have youth speak to the parishioners at every mass before the second collection or after communion to request interested parishioners to sponsor some or all of a youth attending this event. Be sure the youth share publicly what they hope to get out of the event and how this will benefit the parish locally. Another option is to station youth at the exits with cans or buckets collecting money using a theme such as “a dollar and a dream” or “we need your drop in the bucket.”
Fall Lawn Decorating/Cleaning—This idea works great in the fall. Create a simple lawn decoration of corn stalks, pumpkins, and gourds (get them donated), and display it, along with the price, after masses with a sign up table nearby that invites people to pay to have this display set up in their yards during the fall prior to Halloween. Have additional “options” people could purchase, such as having their leaves raked or the decorations taken down the week after Thanksgiving.
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To Strengthen: One’s relation with God through prayer and sacrifice
As we begin another year of school, giving ourselves to God and trusting His grace to help us to do our best with the gifts that He has given us, we remember thechildren of the world who do not have the opportunity to attend school.
Leader: As we listen to God’s word today, let us be mindful of His message, asking ourselves,“Where do you send me, Lord?”
Reader 1: John 20:19-21
Moment of Reflection
Leader: In our world, there are many places where children do not enjoy the blessings we take for granted. They do not have decent food, access to clean water, a safe place to live or a school to attend. Many are forced to work so that their families can survive from day to day. To these children, we ask Jesus to send us in the form of our prayers and sacrifices for the
Missionary Childhood Association.
Reader 2: Our response is: “Send me, Lord Jesus.”
Reader 1: For the children of South America,some of whom cannot go to school and must work shining peoples’ shoes so that their
families have enough money to eat every day, we pray:
ALL: Send me, Lord Jesus.
Reader 2: For the children of Africa, some of whom lose their chance for education because they have been kidnapped from their families
and forced to fight as child soldiers, we pray:
ALL: Send me, Lord Jesus.
Reader 1: For the children of Asia, some of whom will never learn to read write simply because they are girls, not boys, we pray:
ALL: Send me, Lord Jesus.
Reader 2: For the children of Oceania some of whom do not attend school because there is no money to pay good teachers, we pray:
ALL: Send me, Lord Jesus.
Leader: Lord Jesus, you have given us many gifts, asking only that we share them with those who have less than we do. Help us to remember
that our ability to think and learn is a blessing from You. We pray for the grace to do our best during this school year, ever mindful that there
are many children in Your world who may never be who You want them to be simply because they will never go to school. We ask for your
blessing on us, our teachers and children and teachers around the world.
Here I Am, Lord.
© Dan Shutte
An acrostic is a poem or series of lines in which certain letters – usually the first in each line – form a name, motto, or message when read in sequence. This acrostic happens to be a poem-prayer for the Missions.
May all children
In the world
Share friendship and live
In the peace
Of God’s love
Now and forever
Prayer is a unique journey. Prayer is very personal. A common definition of prayer is the deepening of one's personal relationship with God. How the Lord meets and speaks with each of us is a deeply personal gift. May we continue to encourage our children to pray and know God’s love.