The Center for Mission serves the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis by offering opportunities to engage with mission communities overseas as well as expressing mission spirit here at home. This What’s New section is updated frequently with important events, dates and activities for the archdiocese.

Care for Creation: has a new contact email. If you are interested in joining, or discovering planned activities, email us click here>>

Home Missions Appeal: IMPORTANT DELAY to October 18
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and parish limitations, the Home Missions Appeal planned for the weekend of April 26 has been delayed. The new date will coincide with World Mission Sunday on the weekend of October 18, 2020. This mission appeal in October would now be worldwide… including the U.S. For questions, contact Mickey Friesen, 651.291.4445 or friesenm@archspm.org.

Good Friday Holy Land Appeal: IMPORTANT DELAY
to September 13
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Holy Land Collection, has now has been delayed by Pope Francis to Sunday, September 13, 2020. Thank you all for the efforts you have made to make this a celebration of Holy Land solidarity in your parishes. For questions, contact Mickey Friesen, 651.291.4445

Peter’s Pence Collection: Weekend June  2020
The Peter’s Pence collection is scheduled for the weekend of June  27/28, 2020. Due to the current COVID-19 impact in parishes, the Holy Father has suggested the weekend of October 4, 2020 as an alternative for the Peter’s Pence Collection. Each parish can decide which date would work best for them based on their parish situation – June or October. As we are all dealing with the global Covid-19 pandemic, this collection is timely as it provides the Holy Father with the financial means to respond with emergency assistance to those who are suffering as a result of disease, oppression and natural disaster. Thank you for your generous support. If you have questions, contact Mickey Friesen, friesenm@archspm.org, or 651.291.4445.

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl
A big thank you to those parishes, individuals and families, who engaged with the Rice Bowl program. The Rice Bowl program ended Holy Thursday, 2020. The Center for Mission, as the CRS office in our archdiocese, manages the Rice Bowl program and will forward all collections to Catholic Relief Services. To make it more convenient to send in those heavy boxes of collected coins, we have provided contribution options below:
1. Submit a check for the amount collected to your parish, who will then send a total collection check to the Center for Mission for Rice Bowl.
2. Mail a check for your collection to Bonnie Curry-Gabel, Center for Mission, 777 Forest Street, St. Paul, MN 55106. Write “Rice Bowl” in the memo line on the check.
3. If you would like to use a credit card for your contribution, go to the “Contribute” page of this website and click on “Donate.” Be sure to select “Rice Bowl” in the form drop down menu.
4. Or go to www.crsricebowl.org to offer your contribution by credit card.

Annual Writing Contest
The Center for Mission annual writing contest winners and runners-up have been selected. Check our winners and runners-up!  Click Here>>

New Spring 2020 Newsletter
Check out the new Spring Center for Mission newsletter!  It focuses on the amazing Erisman family in mission in Peru. Click Here>>

Mass Stipends
The Center for Mission accepts mass stipend donations and coordinates distribution to mission dioceses for the celebration of requested intentions. For Mass Stipend Form, Click Here>>

COVID 19: Updated Guidance for Parish Missionary Appeals
The Covid-19 Pandemic has disrupted the normal schedule and process for parishes to host the annual missionary speaker in 2020 as part of the Missionary Cooperation Plan.  The following updated guidance is provided to assist parishes as they consider how and when they will host a missionary in 2020.

  • The normal timeframe for a parish hosting a missionary has been relaxed. A mission appeal may now take place on any weekend in 2020 that is agreeable to the parish and the mission group.
  • Some mission appeals may need to be postponed or canceled because of travel restrictions for the missionary or changing circumstances at the parish.
  • The format for conducting the appeals can be flexible to meet the situation of each parish. Appeal presentations can be given in person as usual or they may be given as video-type recordings for streaming services or other formats that serve the purpose.
  • Mission groups and parishes should communicate with each other to address any changes that arise or need to be made.

Contact Deacon Mickey Friesen at the Center for Mission with any questions or concerns about participating in the Missionary Cooperation Plan in 2020 at:  friesenm@archspm.org / 651-291-4445. Applications for 2021 are now being accepted. Applications are due by December 1, 2020 and accepted applicants will be notified by February 2021.  If you have questions, contact Mickey Friesen, click here>> or contact Bonnie Curry-Gabel at the Center for Mission at: click here>>
Download applications click here>>

Global Solidarity Sunday March 22, 2020
This parish collection supported four priorities of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. By offering support you will helped struggling brothers and sisters in Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe as well as humanitarian activities of Catholic Relief Services. There are several opportunities for you to still offer support:
1. Still send in a check to your parish for this collection.
2. If you choose, send a check made out to the Center for Mission with “Global Solidarity Sunday” in the memo line. Send to Bonnie Curry-Gabel, Center for Mission, 777 Forest Street, St. Paul, MN 55106.
3. You can use a credit card by going to the “Contribute” page of this website and clicking on “Donate.” Be sure to select “Global Solidarity Sunday” in the form drop down menu.
If you have questions, contact Bonnie Curry-Gabel and thank you again.

Living Water for Kitui, Kenya
The Living Water program is celebrated during the weeks of Lent or post Easter and connects us in a special way to children in Kitui, Kenya. Kitui has suffered years of drought or flooding and water, a necessary ingredient for survival, has become rare, especially clean water.  By learning about how children in Kitui struggle to meet their basic needs without water, physically and spiritually, we can support them through prayer and by raising money so that they can experience their right to a life of dignity though living waters. This year, the program emphasizes the importance of clean water, as it affects family and community healthcare and hygiene. Donations gathered through connecting with the children in Kitui go towards supplying water tanks at schools and village earthen dams to collect rare but clean rain water. Schools and Faith Formation programs are encouraged to adopt this program. Contact Janine Ricker with questions, Click Here>>