As Catholics, our faith tells us that Advent is a season of preparation. It's a time to begin anew, to ready ourselves for the presence of the Christ Child in our hearts. Our culture, however, pulls us in other directions and we find ourselves faced with the same question as Christmas approaches: What are some new gift ideas for that "hard to please" person on our list?
At The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, we believe there is a better, more faith filled way to share happiness and celebrate the real meaning of Christmas -- we can give the Gift of Hope, to those who live in mission countries, in our loved ones' names.
Please consider making an offering for our Christmas Spiritual Enrollment cards or Mass cards. Both are a great way to tell your friends, family, and the world that you love them and your Catholic faith.
For an offering of $5, our Spiritual Enrollment cards provide a yearlong membership in The Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Members receive the spiritual benefits of sharing the intentions of 15,000 Masses celebrated every year by mission priests as well as a daily Mass offered at the Vatican. By choosing to support the missions this Christmas, your gift helps untold numbers of people in the missions, in need of hope.
The contributions collected from our individual Mass Cards are sent to priests in the missions who depend on these donations for their daily sustenance because they receive no salary for their ministry. The suggested offering for a Mass Card is $10.
Our Spiritual Enrollment and Mass Cards benefit the intentions of the recipient and your gift also makes it possible for the Good News of Jesus Christ to be shared in faraway places like Peru.
Many children living in the mountainous regions of Peru, like the one pictured above, are vulnerable to disease due to malnutrition. This situation is exacerbated due to the COVID19 pandemic. Unfortunately, children often go without nutritious food when the basic necessities run short. Missionaries who run these vital programs need our help to reach as many little ones as possible. Your use of our Christmas Cards will help us provide that and more, worldwide.
To order your Christmas Enrollment and Mass Cards and give the Gift of Hope to the missions, go to our website, www.propfaithboston.org. Click on the "pop-up box" -- which will direct you to the order page. You can also call 617-542-1776 or email us at email@example.com.
Help spread the Gift of Christ's Hope to the Missions!
- Maureen Crowley Heil is Director of Programs and Development for the Pontifical Mission Societies, Boston.