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Missions/CRS Office

The Diocesan Missions/CRS Office represents two very important organizations that support our missionaries and Catholic workers overseas: Pontifical Mission Societies and Catholic Relief Services.

When you make donations to the Propagation of the Faith, Missionary Childhood Association, and CRS Relief Programs, you are directly touching the lives of so many people who look to us, their brothers and sisters in Christ, for support as they work to better their lives and the lives of their families. To read stories about mission work being done locally, visit the Maine in Mission section.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers!

Diocesan-wide Mission Rosary Group

Join the Diocesan-wide Mission Rosary Group and help missionaries around the world through your gift of prayer.

There are no fees or requirements to become a member of the group other than your personal commitment to prayer. You will join hundreds of other parishioners in praying for the spiritual needs of missionaries around the world. You and the Rosary Group Members will be asking Our Lady of the Rosary to intercede for them as they labor among God’s people with dedication and generosity. [Learn more]

Mission Ambassador Program

The purpose of the Mission Ambassador Program is to connect the Missions/CRS Office to parishioners in the parish/cluster for greater awareness about the work being done for Mission, here at home and overseas.
       
Mission Ambassadors represent the Diocesan Mission Office by:

  • welcoming missionaries when they come to the parish for their summer appeal.
  • reminding parishioners about World Mission Sunday (October 19, 2014) by helping their pastor communicate through announcements, bulletins, and by greeting parishioners as they arrive one week before the collection.
  • promoting the Mission program (Holy Buckets) at the beginning of Advent.
  • promoting CRS Rice Bowl prior to Lent.
  • sharing initiatives from the parish with the diocesan office for publication on the website. The Diocese is doing so much to help the missions, why not let others know?
  • praying the Mission Rosary and receiving updates about missionaries.

For more information, contact:

Ruth H. Oakley, Director
Missions/CRS Office
510 Ocean Avenue
Portland, ME 04103-4936
ruth.oakley@portlanddiocese.org
(207) 321-7817

- See more at: http://portlanddiocese.org/missions-CRS-office#sthash.KFqbWlKz.dpuf

Misson ambassadors work to raise awareness at the parish level about the working being done for Mission at home and abroad. Mission Ambassadors represent the Diocesan Mission Office by:

  • welcoming missionaries when they come to the parish for their summer appeal.
  • reminding parishioners about World Mission Sunday
  • promoting CRS Rice Bowl prior to Lent
  • sharing initiatives from the parish with the diocesan office.
  • praying the Mission Rosary and receiving updates about missionaries

[Learn more]

Society Membership Communicates the Faith

For many years, Catholics have followed the custom of enrolling themselves or their loved ones, living or deceased, for membership in The Society for the Propagation of the Faith. By doing so, they give an ongoing gift to members and the missions.

Membership means the person enrolled receives the spiritual benefits of daily Masses celebrated by missionary priests, and they are also included in the intentions of a daily Mass celebrated at the Vatican. Enrollment in The Society for the Propagation of the Faith is another loving, spiritual gesture one can make for a loved one and their intentions.In many mission locations, funds from the Propagation of the Faith memberships are a substantial means of support.

To learn more about becoming a member of The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, click here.