What We Do
Not all missions are foreign missions. Some of the most in-need missions can be found here in Canada. Discover what we do to sustain and extend the Catholic Faith from sea to sea to sea.
"Prayer without ceasing" (1 Th. 5:17)
A typical day at our office begins with our staff praying the Liturgy of the Hours. We pray for our supporters, Canadian home missions and missionaries, and other intentions.
In May, we celebrate the Feast of St. Philip Neri, our patron saint, with members of our Legacy Circle. During November, we offer a Mass for the Repose of the Souls of our donors who died during the year. Also, periodically our President offers Mass on the National Catholic Broadcasting Council’s Daily TV Mass.
When the President is on mission journeys, he celebrates the sacraments with the local people.
Additionally, we partner with dioceses for an Annual Day of Prayer for Canadian Home Missions. On a selected date, all parishes in that diocese offer intentions and pray our Prayer for Canadian Home Missions.
It should be noted that Missions Sunday Masses are for foreign missions, not Canadian Home Missions.
We offer Masses of Intention, or Masses in Memoriam to be said by a priest celebrating Mass in a Canadian home mission.
Finally, we are constantly vigilant that the purpose of our organization is primarily the proclamation of the Gospel.
We fund Catholic Dioceses across Canada.
Catholic Bishops in Canada apply for funding to subsidize the areas of their dioceses and eparchies that are isolated, remote, or fly-in communities with few people and high unemployment.
We rely completely on our donors to generate tax receipt-able funds for our five specific disbursement areas.
5 Disbursement Areas
Priests, religious sisters and brothers and lay missionaries live and work in poor mission communities across Canada. Your support helps put food on their table, heat in their homes and fuel in their vehicles.
Funding the education of seminarians in theology preparing for priesthood.
Many of our Canadian mission churches and rectories are aging and in dire need of replacement, repair, and maintenance.
Children, youth, and adults are prepared Catechetically for reception of sacraments and training in the faith.
Lay people are trained as pastoral leaders to lead their community of faith in the absence of a priest.
The missions of Canada.
Missionaries are hard at work not only in foreign missions, but also in Canada where some of the challenges include the high cost of living and vast distances between communities. These challenges make it difficult to sustain and extend the Catholic Faith in remote, isolated, and fly-in communities in Canada.
While our organization has existed since 1908, Catholic Mission In Canada is not well known, nor the existence of mission communities within our country. We strive to bring national awareness to the fact that the Catholic Church is not fully established in Canada.
In addition to our partnerships with dioceses across Canada (Day of Prayer), we also work with the Catholic Women’s League, Knights of Columbus, school boards, and other charitable organizations in raising awareness for the needs of Canadian home missions. Finally, we use various means including publications, social media, parish visits, and presentations to further raise awareness of Canadian home missions.
Our youth are our future.
Learning the history of mission work in Canada, hearing the stories of Canadian martyrs and saints, understanding the impact of residential schools…these are integral components of a Catholic education in Canada.
We partner with school boards to provide in-class presentations and materials about Truth & Reconciliation and Canadian home missions. Additionally, we work with school boards and bishops to organize and coordinate mission exposure trips for secondary students.