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.

National and Diocesan Collections Schedule for 2021
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National and Diocesan Collections Schedule for 2022
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Catholic Campaign for Human Development: November 21, 2021
This annual parish collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development supports national and local organizations working to break the cycle of poverty through community and economic development programs.  An example of a local organization is Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County advocating for the Hispanic community seeking equal and just treatment with housing, safety and immigration rights. Questions?  Materials available, click here>>

World Mission Sunday October 24, 2021
On the weekend of October 23/24, the global Church celebrates World Mission Sunday. The theme of the weekend is “Witness of Life” as we recognize all those who “Cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20)” and share their testimony of love and compassion, embracing “everyone, everywhere” (2021 World Mission Message, Pope Francis). World Mission Sunday aids the material and spiritual needs of poor, struggling dioceses worldwide. For materials and downloads click here>>

New Icon Representing the Archdiocesan Relationship with Archdiocese of Damascus, Syria
​A new Icon of the Conversion of St. Paul is now traveling around different parishes in the Archdiocese. The Icon was commissioned to represent this patronal feast of the Archdiocese and witness to our Partnership with the Church in Damascus. It is meant to inspire prayer and meditation. The Icon is beginning a six-month pilgrimage around the Archdiocese stopping in Catholic parishes and institutions. It will remain in this chapel until after Labor Day.




COVID 19: Updated Guidance for Parish Missionary Appeals
Although many parishes have returned to weekly Masses, the Covid-19 Pandemic has continued to disrupt the normal schedule and process for parishes to host the annual missionary speaker in 2021 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 2021.

  • The normal timeframe for a parish hosting a missionary has been relaxed. A mission appeal may now take place on any weekend in 2021 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 2021 at: Deacon Mickey Friesen / 651-291-4445.

MCP: Applications for 2022 are no longer being accepted. Accepted applicants will be notified by February 2022.  If you have questions, contact Deacon Mickey Friesen, click here>> or contact Bonnie Curry-Gabel at the Center for Mission at: click here>>

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