Society for the Propagation of the Faith

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The Society for the Propagation of the Faith is one of the four Pontifical Mission Societies. It is established in every country where the church is free to operate and seeks prayer, sacrifice, and financial support for mission dioceses around the world. 

Encouraging the faithful to give first place to prayer and a spirit of sacrifice for the missions is the most important part of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. In the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, we do this in a variety of ways: Annuities, Daily Worldmissionnaires, Mass Stipends, Missionary Plan of Cooperation, Membership Program, Perpetual Memberships, Monthly Donors, Personal Donations, World Mission Sunday, Wills, Estates, and Trusts.

Offerings received by the Propagation of the Faith in the United States are joined with offerings from all other countries and are distributed annually to more than 1,100 mission dioceses and vicariates around the world!

 

Mass Requests    

Mass requests for your intentions are wonderful remembrances and tributes to loved ones, both living and deceased, and are great contributions to the mission work of the Church. A mission priest will celebrate Mass for your intention. Your Mass offering is a special help to the priest – poor himself and serving among the poorest of the human family. For many mission priests, Mass offerings are a substantial means of day-by-day support for their ministry and the people they serve. 

CLICK HERE to fill out our Mass Request Form or call the office to arrange for Masses to be celebrated for your intentions.

 

Mass Stipend Program

Applications are now closed for 2019.

Please note that INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 
An official letter of suitability MUST be included with your application.
Please verify that your banking information is accurate and complete.

Dioceses and Religious Communities may apply for Mass stipends to distribute to priests in their diocese or religious community. Please fill out and send in the Mass Stipends application form. If accepted, you will receive an email in January. Diocese & religious communities are expected to follow canon laws related to the offering made for the celebration of the Mass. 

 

Missionary Plan of Cooperation

Applications are now closed for 2019.

CERTIFICATE OF APTITUDE

About the Program

One of the most important missionary education, animation, and support programs is the Missionary Plan of Cooperation.  Each year, the Mission Office accepts applications from missionary groups and dioceses to speak at parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. These groups and dioceses make an appeal for their missionary cause and ask for the parishioners' prayers and financial support. Through this program, parishioners also learn more about the missionary work of the Church, which leads to a better understanding of our baptismal calling to share in the mandate of Our Lord: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..." (Matthew 28:20) By praying with the missionary and by sharing in the celebration of the Mass, parishioners join their prayers with those of the missionaries and the people they serve.

To Apply

Deadline for applications is November 1 for consideration for the 2018 program.

If accepted, you will receive a letter in January and your mission group is expected to conduct their appeals between the months of May and September at assigned parishes.

Program Guidelines

  • Appeals must be scheduled NOT LATER THAN MARCH 31st with the Parish Pastor.
  • Appeals may not be scheduled on the following 2019 blackout date weekends, due to other archdiocesan collections taking place:

Glennon Sunday                                                       June 2nd       
Communications Campaign                                      June 9th                               
Peter's Pence                                                            June 30th                            
Latin America Apostolate                                           August 4th                                    
Catholic University of America                                  September 1st                                 

Missionary Priests: Apply for preaching and confession faculties by sending your Certificate of Aptitude to:

Msgr. Jerome Billing, Chancellor for Canonical Affairs
Cardinal Rigali Center
20 Archbishop May Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63119

Completion of this form is necessary to be in compliance with the United States' Conference of Catholic Bishops' Charter called: "Respecting God's Children." 

Religious or Lay Persons: The Director of the Missionary Society should send a letter of suitability to make the appeal on behalf of the Missionary Society. The letter should be sent to:

Rev. Timothy Noelker
Pontifical Mission Societies
20 Archbishop May Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63119

Members of mission-sending societies of Religious or Lay Persons may not preach. They may give a personal witness talk after the prayer after communion. Only an ordained Bishop, Priest, or Deacon with preaching faculties may preach in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.

 

World Mission Rosary

Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith from 1950 to 1966) developed the World Mission Rosary. Each of the five decades is a different color to represent areas of the world where the Church continues her evangelizing mission.

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