All elementary-aged children are invited to participate in the MCA - whether they attend Catholic schools, parish schools of religion, or are home-schooled.
New resources are posted at the beginning of each month that foster children's understanding of being a missionary disciple.
Access the entire collection of resources by clicking the resources button below:
ALL MONTHLY 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.
Schedule a Visit or Presentation
Visits and presentations are always available for teaching about the MCA. Just contact our office at [email protected]!
World Mission Rosary
The World Mission Rosary was developed by Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith from 1950 to 1966). Each of the five decades is a different color to represent areas of the world where the Church continues her evangelizing mission. Free pamphlets and world mission rosaries can be obtained through contacting our office. This pamphlet is also available in Spanish.
Thanks to our many volunteers throughout the archdiocese who make these world mission rosaries, we are able to offer them for free! If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact our office.
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
Christmas Artwork Contest
The Missionary Childhood Association Christmas Artwork Contest is open to all Catholic school, parish school of religion, and homeschooled students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Twenty-two different illustrations will be chosen as winners, as well as two grand-prize winners whose artwork will be the official National Christmas card of the Pontifical Mission Societies.
Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2021.
Please send all entries to our local office:
Missionary Childhood Association
Attn: Artwork Contest
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119
What happens when you win?
Winners are chosen in Spring and announced to the public in Fall. Winning artwork will be available as e-greetings on the website of the National Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies. Additionally, all winners will receive a commemorative plaque and will be celebrated at an event in December 2021.
Winners from the Archdiocese of St. Louis
Congratulations to all of our national artwork winners from the Archdiocese of St. Louis who have won over the years!
Camille, St. Joseph School (Cottleville)
Reagan, St. Joseph School (Cottleville)
Anna, Assumption School (Mattese)
Carly, Holy Infant School
Keegan, St. Margaret of Scotland School
Sam, Christ, Prince of Peace School
Elise, St. Justin Martyr School
Molly, Holy Infant School
Olivia, Christ, Prince of Peace School
Ella, St. Justin Martyr School