CRS Rice Bowl: a great program for students and families to animate Lent
Lent is several months away, but it is not too early to be thinking about CRS Rice Bowl!
The CRS Rice Bowl program is a life-changing animation of Pope Francis’s call to build a community of encounter. It is a Lenten journey that introduces children and families to our struggling global family through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Start planning now and go to www.crsricebowl.org to view and order available materials designed for your specific needs.
Global Solidarity Sunday (GSS): March 10 – 11, 2018
March 10/11 is Global Solidarity Sunday weekend in the archdiocese with the theme: “The Light came into the world” (John 3:19). This is an opportunity to reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters around the world and help shine Christ’s light of mercy, love and healing on those who are homeless, hungry and spiritually lonely. This is a special collection for four global priorities of the U.S. Catholic Bishops: Church in Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, as well as humanitarian activities of Catholic Relief Services. A packet of posters and materials have been mailed to parishes. Collection envelopes, if ordered, should arrive soon. If you have questions, contact Bonnie Curry-Gabel, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archeparchy of Damascus, Syria and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Maronite Archeparchy of Damascus, Syria, a Church very much in need, are in the process of developing a spiritual and material relationship appropriate for both dioceses. Center for Mission Director, Mickey Friesen and Chorbishop Sharbel Maroun, have connected with Archeparch Samir Nassar in Damascus, Syria. A steering committee has been formed and discussions are underway.
Spring of 2018, a delegation from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will visit Lebanon to meet with the Archeparch in Damascus. At that time, details regarding a long-term relationship between Christians in Damascus, Syria and this archdiocese will be determined. For more information, contact Deacon Mickey Friesen, Click Here>>
Living Water Program: Opportunity to Encounter Christ in Mission in Kitui, Kenya
Living Water is an Easter Season program that takes children and youth through a daily encounter with the people of Kitui, Kenya who are surviving a devastating drought. This lack of water affects both physical and spiritual health as priests often don’t have enough water for Baptisms. The Living Water Program offers opportunities for prayer and almsgiving. Each participant receives a poster/calendar and bottle for collecting coins. Donations help the Church in Kitui dig dams and install water tanks to collect rare rainwater. For questions or if your school or parish are interested, contact Mike Haasl at 651.291.4504 ASAP.
Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP)
The deadline for 2018 applications has expired. Applications for 2019 will be available March 15. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you next year.
If you have questions, contact Mickey Friesen, click here>>
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>>