/ 27. April 2011 04:56
The Augustinians provide the personnel to support the activities of the various missions. As in all things there is a financial cost to the missions. How do we raise the money for the various missions?
The main sources of income for the missions are what is called “Mission Appeals”. Each year around November the Missions Office write to about 30 dioceses in the United States asking if we might come to parishes in those dioceses to speak at one or two parishes. We receive an invitation with the list of a few parishes approved for our Appeal, or an apology that the diocese cannot provide any parishes for an Appeal that year.
The pastor is then contacted to arrange a weekend when an Augustinian friar, former Augustinian Volunteer or a friend of the missions can speak at all the Masses telling the story of our missions. A collection for the missions is taken up on that or the following weekend.
We rely on the Mission Newsletter, the Augustinian magazine, donations, Mass Cards, merchandise sales, gifts in honor of birthday’s, anniversaries, Christmas and “I lieu of flowers” at the time of a passing, to sustain the financial cost of the missions. We could not continue out mission work without the strong support of so many generous and kind benefactors.