Process for Handling Mission Office Collections
Summer Mission Cooperative Appeal:
The missionary representative making the mission appeal gives a letter of certification attesting to his/her authenticity to the pastor or parish administrator, and schedules an appropriate weekend for the appeal. The collection is NOT taken up by the person doing the mission appeal. The collection is NOT given to the person doing the mission appeal. The collection is taken up by the parish, counted and deposited in the parish account.
Within one month of the collection being taken up, a check is to be sent to the Mission Office. It is made out to the “Mission Office” with “Summer Mission Appeal- (year)” in the memo line. (address: Mission Office 3525 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60632) Once the funds from the parishes have been sent to the Mission Office they are recorded and sent to the missionary cause. The parish receives a receipt for the donated funds. Please do not wait more than a month to send the collection as the missionaries count on these funds.
A Speaker Wishing to Collect Funds from a Parish:
The parish must contact the Mission Office (312-534-3322) and the Office of Externs and International Priests (312-534-8212) so that all proper identification is recorded and legal guidelines are followed.
Even if the pastor or a parishioner personally knows the bishop, priest, religious sister/ brother or layperson who wants to speak in a parish, he or she CANNOT do any fundraising if he or she does not follow the procedure outlined above. For the safety of the parish and the missionary, do NOT allow anyone to collect funds in the parish if you have not checked with our Office and, in the case of a priest, the Office of Extern Priests.
World Mission Sunday Collection:
World Mission Sunday is celebrated throughout the world Church on the second to last Sunday in October each year. It is taken up under the auspices of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith for the needs of the Church universal.
After the collection is taken up, the parish sends a check to the Mission Office. It should be made payable to “The Society for the Propagation of the Faith” with “World Mission Sunday- (year)” in the memo line. (address: Mission Office 3525 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60632) Please send the check within one month because the financial year of the Mission Office ENDS IN DECEMBER each year. We must report our donations to the National Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies by the end of the calendar year.