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  • Holy Childhood Association
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Holy Spirit Parish, Uniontown, OH, Hits It Out of the Park for MCA

In June, Holy Spirit Parish in Uniontown (Diocese of Youngstown, OH) used that Spirit to engage young missionaries through their VBS service project with Loyola Press, Playing on God’s Team. Using MCA educational materials to help raise funds and awareness about their missionary calling, children participated on “God’s Team,” by working hard, doing extra chores at home and earning extra money to donate to MCA. They had a dollar per "home run" contest between two local baseball mascots, “Orbit” and “Webster,” with a scoreboard of “Savior Stadium” to see the progress, raising $117.00 dollars for the Missionary Childhood Association to help share the Good News of Jesus with children around the globe. They also prayed for the missions at morning prayer, involved parents and used MCA reproducibles for crafts. Thank you to the children of Holy Spirit Parish for their enthusiasm and great excitement to help spread the Good News to other children in mission countries around the world!!!

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. The MCA World Mission Rosary comes with a booklet that explains the colors of this Rosary, and offers age-appropriate mission reflections for the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries. Young people may pray the World Mission Rosary online at MCAKids.org.


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We Are Missionaries!


First heard at Baptism, the call to share our faith — to be missionaries — is truly connected to every moment of
every day. The Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) offers young Catholics and their families opportunities to
make those daily connections.

Materials for the 2013-2014 school year will focus on the catechetical theme, “Open the Door of Faith” – a focus chosen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the year, starting with Catechetical Sunday (September 15, 2013). We are indeed all called to open the door for others to the Lord’s love and His saving grace – to be, in every moment, His missionary disciples.

To learn more or place an order for materials, visit  www.MCAKids.org.  New to teaching about mission?  Download our Mission Education Guidelines for teachers and catechists.

Our History

Bishop Charles de Forbin-Janson was much in demand. Many French bishops who were serving as missionaries in the United States – the “Missions” of his day – wanted this bishop of Nancy in France to visit the young U.S. churches and then return home to encourage interest and support for their work.

forbinjansonIn 1839, Bishop Forbin-Janson did just that, sailing across the ocean and landing in New York, where he was welcomed with open arms by Bishop John Dubois. “Poor New York,” he wrote to Catholics back in France, “there is not yet a minor or major seminary… and this diocese is larger than all of England. There are already 200,000 Catholics, with the City of New York having about 24,000. Here everything is to be done for the sake of religion.”

Continuing his travels, Bishop Forbin-Janson also visited New Orleans and Baltimore, as well as Canada, all on horseback. He preached retreats, celebrated Masses for congregations packed into small churches and chapels, and gathered children for religious instruction. Two years later, he returned to France.

Once home he met an old friend – Pauline Jaricot – who had founded the Society that was helping to support the missionary efforts he had seen firsthand in the United States. Bishop Forbin-Janson had returned home determined to “arouse great interest for the useful work of the Propagation of the Faith.”

During a conversation between these two friends in 1843, Bishop Forbin-Janson shared his own longtime dream – to help the children of the Missions. Like Pauline, he saw the “riches” of the poor mission churches of his day. And he was convinced that though weak and needing care, children rich in faith and love were capable of playing their own part in the Church’s mission – and of even stirring adults to the same generous missionary spirit.

Some time during the course of their talk, the Holy Childhood Association, now Missionary Childhood Association (MCA), was born. Bishop Forbin-Janson started appealing to the children of France to reach out – in faith and love – to help the children of the Missions of our country and China.

Today, MCA continues to follow the vision of Bishop Forbin-Janson – “children helping children.” After learning about the great needs of the world’s poorest children, young people are invited to pray and to offer financial help so that children in the Missions today may know Christ and experience His love and care.