Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) Mite Box collection: We are soon placing the order for the Mite Boxes from the Missionary Childhood Association for Lent 2018. Many Catholic School Administrators and a few Parish Religious Education Program Leaders have let us know the number of MCA boxes, posters, and prayer cards we are to have shipped to your school or parish. If you have not sent in the Order Form for FREE MCA Mite Box Program or made contact with the Mission Office, we will use the same number we have on file from previous years. The MCA boxes are to arrive at your door sometime early February, in time for distribution before Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Further details and instructions are available in the Letter for MCA Mite Box Collection 2018. If you have any questions, please let us know. Thank you for your commitment to the Church’s missionary efforts and helping to foster understanding and support in the hearts of our children and youth.
Some confusion has also reached us regarding the Mites Boxes and the Rice Bowl program. Let me clarify. The Mite Box program is an outreach from the Missionary Childhood Association or MCA (formerly the Holy Childhood Association or HCA), one of the Pontifical Mission Societies represented in the Mission Office. It is a mandatory annual program in our Catholic Schools, CCD and Religious Education programs for children and youth. It will continue this year but with some modifications. The Rice Bowl program is sponsored by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and organized in the diocese by the Social Concerns Office. Rice Bowl is an elective program that may be held any time throughout the year with an emphasis on Lent, but it is not to conflict with or replace the Mite Box program. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Mission Office or the Office of Social Concerns.
May God reward you for your efforts in service of Christ and His Church,
Rev. Woodrow H. Pace,
Director of the Mission Office