Getting Started with MCA
By Baptism, every child is invited to participate in the Missionary Childhood Association. As one of the four Pontifical Mission Societies, carried out through the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Missionary Childhood Association seeks to help all children develop a missionary spirit that will accompany them throughout their lives.
View this year's newsletter for an overview of the Missionary Childhood Association:
About the Missionary Childhood Association
“Age is not an obstacle to the achievement of sanctity and children can highlight it with their testimony of piety, fidelity and love for God.” Sister Roberta Tremarelli, AMSS, Secretary General of the Pontifical Society of the Missionary Childhood
The Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) is one of the four Pontifical Mission Societies and is active in more than 150 countries throughout the world! Established in 1843, the MCA's goal is to gather prayers and sacrifices for children in mission dioceses, following founder Bishop Charles de Gorbin-Janson's motto of "Children Helping Children."
What is unique about the MCA is that it is not just about children in the U.S. praying and giving to children in mission dioceses; it is about ALL children praying and sacrificing for other children around the world. As our children in the U.S. pray and give for those in other parts of the world, those children do the same for them; in this, a relationship of giving and receiving is created. Through praying, sacrificing, and learning about other children around the world, children develop a missionary spirit. In our Baptism, all of us are called to be missionaries, no matter the age.
"In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization." Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium 120
New resources are posted at the beginning of each month from August - May that foster children's understanding of being a missionary disciple. These can be used as a family or in the school setting.
Access the entire collection of resources:
ALL MONTHLY RESOURCES
Access additional resources of the National Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies:
National Office Resources
Whether you are a teacher or a parent, feel free to reach out to our office to learn more about how you can participate with your children in the MCA.
Mission Moderator Sign Up
The mission moderator will receive the monthly MCA resources (featured above) directly by email.
If you are signing up for your school or parish, you will serve as the liaison between the school/parish and the Mission Office.
As the mission moderator, you will also have the ability to select additional resources, such as prayer cards, mite boxes, rosaries, posters, and/or envelopes. These are all made available for free to help foster missionary animation.