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Missionary Cooperation Plan

Parish Guidelines for Visiting Missionaries

 

To better assist you with the MCP, here is information the Pastor needs to know. 

  • You will be contacted by the Missionary Organization no later than May 1 personally or by letter, to arrange the date of the appeal.
  • Appeals must be made between May 1 – September 31. Parishes are responsible for lodging and meals the weekend of the appeal - either at the rectory or with dedicated parishioners.  Missionaries who wish to reside in the parish rectory should contact the Pastor in advance to request a room.
  • The Missionary Organization will submit to the Mission Office a completed form giving the dates  of appeal in your parish.
  • The dates should be reconfirmed two weeks prior to an agreed upon designated date.
  • Transportation is the responsibility of the missionary not the host parish.
  • The Missionary Cooperation Plan is a second collection to be collected at all  Masses. Please announce this collection through the church bulletin and from the pulpit at Masses on the preceding Sunday.
  • Missionaries are asked to relate their missionary message to the Sunday readings, when possible.
  • Parishes are not responsible for long distance calls, airline tickets, or car rental of missionaries unless agreed upon in advance.
  • No missionary appeals should be made during the month of October so as not to conflict with the annual World Missions Sunday.

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