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Resources for Parishes

On this page you will find resources for parishes about the Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP) Appeal process.

Welcome to the Resources for Parishes page, and thank you for your hospitality toward the mission group that is assigned to your parish.  Below you will find resources to help you with the mission appeal process.  As always, if you need assistance or have questions, please email us at wmo@archmil.org and we will be happy to assist you.

On this page, you will find the following resources (click on the link to jump to that section of the page)

MCP General Information

Parish Preference Form

2021 MCP Hybrid Appeal Explanation and Parish Preference and Feedback Survey

Fund Processing Information and Deposit Card


MCP General Information

The Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP) is

  • an annual chance for mission congregations, lay organizations and mission dioceses to personally appeal for prayer and financial support from Catholics of the U.S.
  • an opportunity for parishioners to learn about what is happening in the mission field today. It connects the local church with the global Church and allows us to realize our baptismal call. 

The Society for the Propagation of the Faith (SPOF) Office (part of World Mission Ministries) manages and facilitates these appeals in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

As determined by the Archbishop, all parishes in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee are required to welcome a missionary as part of the MCP each year.
If you are new to the MCP process, or have questions, please click here to read the MCP FAQ document. 

Note: Please also read the 2021 MCP Hybrid appeal process explanation for changes for the 2021 appeal cycle 

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Parish Preference Form

In order to ensure a mutually convenient appeal process for parishes and mission groups, before we choose and assign mission groups to parishes, we ask that a parish representative fill out the Parish Preference Form. This gives parishes an opportunity to tell us their unique needs regarding the appeal process. The form also allows for feedback on the previous year's appeal.  Please complete this survey by March 26, 2021 by clicking here. 

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2021 MCP Hybrid Appeal Explanation and Parish Preference and Feedback Survey

Since 1954, The Society for the Propagation of the Faith office (SPOF) in Milwaukee, on behalf of the archdiocese and the archbishop, has facilitated the Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP).  

To this end, parishes are required to welcome a mission group appeal each year - sharing the Good News and broadening our collective understanding of the Global Church. In support of this, the SPOF office reviews mission group applications and evaluates parish needs to assign the mission groups to the parishes for annual appeals.

Mindful that the pandemic continues to affect parish staffing and Mass attendance, we are dedicated to trying to find the best fit of mission group to parish.

With these ideas in mind, we are moving forward with a hybrid plan for the 2021 MCP as follows:

  • Parishes will again have access to digital/online materials.
    As they did in 2020, mission groups will provide these materials (mission appeal text, photos, and, where possible, a video appeal), the SPOF office will post these online, and they can then be shared with parishioners as works best for the parish. The SPOF office will also create online donation pages for each mission group. 
  • Parishes will also have the option of inviting a missionary for an in-person appeal.
    
While we hope to get back to in-person appeals for all parishes soon, for 2021 in-person appeals will be optional—based on the comfort and capacity level of the parish.   
We are also requiring that all mission groups for the 2021 appeal cycle have their own transportation and accommodations in the archdiocese and parishes will not be asked to provide these in 2021. 
  • Parishes with a twinning project will again be allowed to designate their twin as their mission group
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    If requested, our office will also create online pages for these projects for MCP 2021 (with materials provided by the parish or project.)

    Note: In order to designate a twinning project as your MCP appeal, it must comply with all MCP guidelines, including providing us with the appeal date, suitability letters (if applicable) and following the 90/10% fund split.  This is the case whether or not the SPOF office facilitates the appeal or creates the online pages.  If your parish does not want to have its twinning project subject to these rules, it will be assigned a separate mission group for the MCP cycle (and the parish may handle any twinning appeals outside of the MCP process and timeframe). 

In order to begin the assignment process, we ask that you please complete the Parish Preference and Feedback Survey found here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021-MCP-Parish 

This survey makes it possible for us to assign a mission group that will meet your parishes needs for 2021.  It also provides us with valuable feedback about 2020's MCP process. 

We ask that you please complete the survey by March 26th, so that we can begin the assignments process as soon as possible. 

If you have any questions or need help completing the survey, please email us at wmo@archmil.org for assistance.

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Fund Processing Information and Deposit Card


Your mission group assignment includes a link to accept online payments via credit card or check. If you are also accepting in-person donations, that process remains the same as in previous years. 

Instructions

  • Please remind your parishioners to make their checks payable to your parish (and mark MCP in the memo).  
  • We then ask that your parish deposit these funds and submit one check to our office for the total, within 45 days of your completed appeal.  
  • This check should be made payable to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.  
  • Please include your mission group’s number on all correspondence, and in the memo line of your check.  
  • If you do not have your deposit card, you can click here to download a blank 2020 deposit card.*  (or email wmo@archmil.org to request your personalized parish card).  *Deposits cards for 2021 will be available after May 1, 2021.
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Please include the Parish Deposit Card with your check for the funds collected from the 2020 MCP Appeals at your parish.
  • Send this check along with the deposit card to
    Society for the Propagation of the Faith
    
MCP 2020
    
P.O. Box 070912
    
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Please note: we cannot deposit checks made payable to the Archdiocese or to the mission group**; please do not send the parish check directly to the Mission Organization or to any other office in the archdiocesan center.

(**If a parishioner has made out their donation to the mission group, you can send the check to us and we will follow up with the donor to make out the donation to Society for the Propagation of the Faith.)

If you have questions or needs, please email us at wmobookkeeper@archmil.org or call our bookkeeper, Sheryl Funk at 414-758-2281.

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