Missions and Charities

MISSIONS AND CHARITIES  

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO OUR NATIONAL CHARITIES AND TO YOUR LOCAL CHARITIES

Mary Ann Lubinsky, National Office of Missions & Charities

UPDATED! 2017 Missions and Charities Report Form
completed and sent with every donation check, payable to LAOH Inc, (Columban Fathers, Columban Sisters, Mass Card/Enrollment Stipends, Appeals for Aid) to the LAOH National Missions and Charities Officer. (The pink, white or green card form ONLY is sent directly to the Columban Fathers at the address on the form for each Mass Card/Enrollment.) NOTE: EFFECTIVE 1/1/2017, THE MINIMUM DONATION FOR A MASS CARD IS $10.

2016 Columban Sisters Acknowledgement Donation Form
To be completed and given to the person or family of person being honored or memorialized when it is strictly a donation being made

2016 Missions & Charities Donation Acknowledgement Form
To be completed and given to the person or family of person being honored or memorialized when it is strictly a donation being made

Missions and Charities Introductory Letter (corrected)

 NATIONAL MISSIONS AND CHARITIES INFORMATION

We have had a long and sustaining relationship with the Columban Fathers and more recently the Columban Sisters as our National Charities.

I encourage you to check out the websites for our National Charities and to share the information at your meetings.

Columban Fatherswww.columban.org

Columban Sisters – www.columbansisters.org

 COLUMBAN FATHERS

The Missionary Society of St. Columban (also known as the Columban Fathers) was founded by Fr. Edward Galvin of Ireland in 1918 to proclaim and witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Today, the Society is comprised of nearly 700 Columban missionaries, including priests, seminarians and lay missionaries.

During the 2008 year, the Columban Fathers celebrated their 90th Anniversary.  Pope Benedict XV approved the Missionary Society of St. Columban in 1918.  The Columban Fathers are presently serving in 14 countries,  Australia, Britain, Chile, China, Fiji, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States.  These missionaries continue to direct their focus on matters of justice, peace, environment, world international debt and authentic enculturation of the gospel to world culture and religion.

The Mission Statement of the Columban Fathers is – “The demands of the Gospel call us to stand with the poor.  The suffering of the downtrodden become our cross too.  That is the work of the Missionary Society of St Columban in the United States and around the world.  We cross boundaries of country, language and culture to establish the Catholic Church among people who have never heard the Gospel.  We help churches mature until they are able to evangelize their own people.  We promote dialogue between Christians and those of other religious faiths.”

 MASS CARD/ENROLLMENT STIPENDS

A  “Starter Kit” from the Columban Fathers (877-299-1920) that contains Mass/Enrollment cards and their appropriate forms (white, pink, green) should be ordered from the Columban Fathers. A minimum $10 payment is required for the Starter Kit.

The pink, white or green card form only is sent directly to the Columban Fathers at the address on the form for each Mass Card/Enrollment.

NOTE: EFFECTIVE 1/1/2017, THE MINIMUM STIPEND FOR A MASS CARD IS $10.  All donation checks, payable to LAOH Inc, are sent to the LAOH National Missions and Charities Officer with the completed official LAOH Missions and Charities Donation Report Form (see below).

You may also subscribe to the Columban Magazine by ordering on-line or by calling the Columban Offices at the above toll free number.  The subscription fee is $10.  I would recommend that every Division, County and State order a subscription for their Missions and Charities Officer.  She may then share information with the members at each meeting.

COLUMBAN SISTERS

The Columban Sisters were founded in Ireland in 1924.  The Columban Sisters are a part of the Missionary Society of St. Columban, but have a separate organizational structure from the Columban Fathers.  The Columban Sisters work in the United States began on Christmas Eve 1930 when the first Sisters from Ireland arrived in Silver Creek, New York.

Presently the Columban Sisters are serving in 12 countries on four continents, Chile, China/Hong Kong,, England, Ireland, Korea,  Myanmar (Burma), Pakistan Peru, Philippines, Scotland, and the United States. These missionaries continue to provide service in the areas of pastoral outreach, education, medical, faith formation, spirituality, and social service.

In the United States the Sisters ministry is in California (Alhambra), Massachusetts (Boston, Brighton, West Roxbury) and in New York (Silver Creek).

The Mission Statement of the Columban Sisters is – “The Columban Sisters are a congregation of missionary religious women whose commitment to God leads them to cross boundaries of culture, language, and belief to proclaim the Good News of Jesus in today’s world.”

APPEALS FOR AID

At the Constitutional Convention in July, 2014, St. Louis Missouri, the Constitutional Committee made a motion to drop the third charity, and ask the membership to make donations towards the Appeals for Aid in its place.  In hopes more money will be able to be disbursed at the National Convention.  The delegation at the Constitutional Convention approved the motion effective immediately.

Appeals for Aid are intended to provide limited aid to charities at the National Convention. All appeals for aid must be submitted to the Appeals for Aid Committee. The Appeals for Aid Committee will bring these recommendations to the National Convention delegates for approval.  In the past the amount of money to be disbursed for Appeals for Aid was determined by the National Board based on the recommendations of the Budget Committee.

The applications for Appeals for Aid will not be mailed out to the State M&C Officers until early 2018 for the next National Convention.  This time frame will allow enough time to get the applications to the Divisions.

FORMS TO BE USED WHEN MAKING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NATIONAL CHARITIES

When making any donation to one of our National Charities, you are to complete the Office of Missions and Charities Report Form and forward the completed form along with your donation check, payable to LAOH Inc, to the LAOH National Missions and Charities Officer.  All Missions and Charities Forms are located above and below.

In order for your Division, County, and State to be credited for the donations made to the National Charities, your monies must be received by the National Missions and Charities Officer.  If you send your contributions directly to one of the National Charities, you do not earn credit for your Division, County or State.

The Columban Fathers’ forms – LAOH Mass Form (pink), LAOH Healing Prayer Form (white), or LAOH Enrollment form (green) only are sent to the Columban Fathers as stated on the form.  You must also complete the National Missions and Charities Report form and indicate how you want your donation to be allocated and mail the completed form along with your check, payable to LAOH Inc, to the LAOH National Missions and Charities Officer.  If the donation is made at the Division Level the paper trail goes to the County Level (if applicable) and then to the State Level.  Each level should maintain a copy of the National Missions and Charities Report Form so that you have records of your contribution by date and amount.  All National Charities are 501(c)3 entities.   All checks from any level should be made payable to LAOH, INC. and forwarded with your completed Missions and Charities Form to the National Missions and Charities Officer.

Above and below there are Acknowledgement Forms for donations made to the Columban Fathers, Columban Sisters or Appeals for Aid, if you are making a donation in memory of someone or in honor of someone when a Mass Card is not used.  The acknowledgement form is to be sent to the person you want to inform him/her of the donation.  Again, remember your completed National Missions and Charities Report Form and check, payable to LAOH Inc., must be forwarded as stated on the form to the LAOH National Missions and Charities Officer. Copies of the form and check should be retained by your Division, County and/or State.

Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions.

National Missions & Charities Officer, Mary Ann Lubinsky

2016 Missions & Charities Donation Report Form
completed and sent with each donation check (Columban Fathers, Columban Sisters, Mass Card/Enrollment Stipends, Appeals for Aid) to the LAOH National Missions and Charities Officer

2016 Columban Sisters Acknowledgement Donation Form
To be completed and given to the person or family of person being honored or memorialized when it is strictly a donation being made

2016 Missions & Charities Donation Acknowledgement Form
To be completed and given to the person or family of person being honored or memorialized when it is strictly a donation being made

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