pollyheadConnecting kids to kids

The Missionary Childhood Association (formerly known as Holy Childhood) is the organization especially geared for connecting kids in mission! Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) helps to animate children in kindergarten through eighth grade to a universal missionary spirit and to gather funds from these young people for the support of mission efforts that serve the poorest of the world’s children. Kids helping kids!

It is one of the four Pontifical Mission Societies that the Holy Father asks every Catholic diocese throughout the world to participate in. These various societies do fundraising, prayer and other sacrificial support for the young churches and dioceses in the world still in need of financial assistance. They help us have a concrete way we can participate in the building up of the Catholic Church in the world, and a way we can live-out our Christian call to mission and global solidarity!

wmr_bulletinYoung people are encouraged to participate in Missionary Childhood through three basic areas:

  1. Learning
  2. Prayer
  3. Sacrifice

The learning comes in through their variety of curriculum and materials. The St. Cloud Diocese also encourages schools and parishes to invite speakers in to share first-hand with students what life is like in other cultures and what mission is all about. Contact the Mission Office if you’re interested in helping bring learning to life for your young people.

While students are always encouraged to pray for other young people around the world, there is a special Prayer Week designated each March when students in the U.S. pray for our world. Also, the first Friday of October each year is Missionary Childhood Day, in which our St. Cloud Diocese celebrates World Mission Rosary day by praying the World Mission Rosary in our homes, parishes and schools sometime throughout the day. Our friends in Kenya and Venezuela do the same on the same day – so people on three different continents across the globe are praying for one another and our world – that’s got to make a huge impact!!  Learn more on our World Mission Rosary page.

penniesAnd sacrifice is encouraged through financial or gift sharing, as well as through simplifying our lifestyle in recognition of the needs of others. Check out our Mission Education resources list (pdf) for fun and creative ideas to encourage sacrifices your group can make in support of other young people all over the world.


MCA Resources

Take a look at an example of MCA’s newsletter and leaders guides for their “It’s Our World” program. You can view these online at MCA’s website. (And don’t forget, if you like these materials, you can order them for your school, class or parish and have copies sent for everyone right to you. It’s a great way to promote learning while supporting the Missionary Childhood’s ministry!)

Or check out the Missionary Childhood Association’s Fact Sheets for kids on important global topics of concern and how they affect our young friends (also found at their website)

  1. Peace (focusing on Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador) (PDF)
  2. AIDS (PDF)
  3. Child Labor (PDF)
  4. Child Soldiers (coming soon)
  5. Water (coming soon)

Check out the MCA’s kids page for fun activities, information, prayers, and more! And encourage your parents, teachers and adult friends to visit the MCA educator’s page.