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Celebrating the Beatification of Pauline Jaricot

The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, one of the three Pontifical Mission Societies, is preparing to celebrate the beautification of foundress Pauline Jaricot on May 22. In the early 19th century, Pauline, inspired by letters about the missions from her brother, started gathering together small groups – mostly workers in her family’s silk factory – asking each member to offer daily prayer and a weekly sacrifice of a sous (the equivalent of a penny at that time) for the Church’s worldwide missionary work. Pauline insisted that her efforts be directed to all the Church’s missions, that it be universal.

From Pauline’s vision came the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. The very first collection of the Propagation of the Faith in 1822 supported the vast Diocese of Louisiana, which then extended from the Florida Keys to Canada, as well as the missions of Kentucky and China.

The Propagation of the Faith continues to seek prayer and sacrifice for the world’s missions, now some 1,100 dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands and remote regions of Latin America. It offers support for pastoral and evangelizing programs, catechists and catechetical work, building new churches, health care, education, communication and transportation needs.

Look for "Heart of a Missionary: The Story of Pauline Jaricot" on your EWTN program guide. A special website for the film and about Pauline can be found at

Support the people of Ukraine through the work of the Pontifical Mission Societies and CRS

Your help is needed in Ukraine where there is great risk of suffering for those remaining within the country and for those fleeing to neighboring countries for safety. 

Countless priests, religious sisters and brothers, and lay pastoral leaders are working hard to care for children and families caught in the turmoil in Ukraine. They are in urgent need of food, water, and basic aid. Through the Pontifical Mission Societies, you can help them and answer Pope Francis' call to support the people of Ukraine. The pope tells us, “In God, no act of love, no matter how small, and no ‘generous effort’ will ever be lost.”

CRS and its Caritas partners are ready to provide safe shelter, hot meals, hygiene supplies, fuel to keep warm, transport to safe areas, counseling support, and more. Read about the work being done and how you can help. 

A Moment for the Missions with MCA

In this month of May, when we celebrate our Blessed Mother, the Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) offers a “moment for the Missions.” For each day of the month, there are opportunities to learn, to pray, to act, to reflect and discuss, and to stand in solidarity with  children and families in the Pope’s missions. These “moments” can be part of a religious education program or be the focus of family life on a particular day.  [Download the calendar.]

Children in Faith: Learning to Pray and Color with José

Teach your children or grandchildren to pray beautiful Catholic prayers while coloring and connecting with our Catholic faith. Download the free Catholic prayer book "Children in Faith: Learning to Pray and Color with José."

Missio - Support the pope's charities

"It's not just charity. It's change."

A direct way to help missions around the world is through Missio, a connection with Pope Francis' missions around the world.

You can choose the project to which you would like to contribute, whether it's assisting religious sisters as they combat COVID-19 in Kenya, supporting a children's village in El Salvador, or growing a parish farm in the Philippines. Learn more and Donate today.

CRS Downloadable Prayer Book

Join together in prayer with this downloadable prayer book from Catholic Relief Services. It includes some of the basic prayers of the Catholic Church, such as the Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Nicene Creed, accompanied by images of our brothers and sisters around the world.

World Mission Rosary

As we especially reflect upon the Sorrowful Mysteries this Lent, join in praying a rosary for missionaries all over the world and those they serve.  Each color of the World Mission Rosary represents a different region, from the rich greens of Africa to the yellow of the rising sun in the Far East.  Free rosaries are available to all. Contact the Office of Missions for more information. Learn more.

Mass Cards and Enrollment

We offer many ways to honor your loved ones.  They include enrollment in the Society for the Propagation of the Faith for individuals and families, as well as Masses of remembrance.   Masses will be said for your loved ones by missionaries around the world.

For more information, contact the Office of Missions.

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Contact Us:

Office of Missions / CRS
Ms. Yvonne Borelli-Chace, Director
510 Ocean Avenue, Portland, ME 04103
[email protected]