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 2023
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National and Diocesan Collections Schedule for 2022
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Catholic Campaign for Human Development: Supporting anti-poverty programs locally and nationally
On the weekend of November 19/20, parishes will be taking a collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). Founded in 1970 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, CCHD is a domestic anti-poverty program supporting community and economic development groups nationally and locally. For example, one organization receiving CCHD grants in our archdiocese is Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County advocating for equal and just treatment for Hispanic people including housing, safety and immigration rights. Please help support organizations “Working on the Margins” and improve the lives of struggling individuals nationwide and in our communities by being as generous as you are able. For more documents, click here>>
For additional information regarding CCHD and grant recipients, watch our Journey to Justice video, click here>>

World Mission Sunday October 23, 2022
We celebrate World Mission Sunday with the theme, “You shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8).  On this day, every parish, school and order celebrates World Mission Sunday and our baptismal call to be witnesses to all. World Mission Sunday is the celebration of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith that supports over 1,100 vulnerable communities worldwide. This year, we recognize individuals from our archdiocese who have followed their baptismal call to be witnesses of the Gospel message. And there are many kinds of witnesses, one of which is witness by supporting struggling mission dioceses. The World Mission Sunday celebration is an opportunity to witness through support to aid mission dioceses, worldwide. Document downloads, click here >>

Season of Creation 
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Writing Contest
Congratulations to all who submitted your wonderful contest entries. Winners have now been selected and awarded. Click Here>>

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 2023 are no longer being accepted. Accepted applicants will be notified by February 2023.  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>>