Please click here to complete the 2017 Summer MCA Evaluation

How we make Missionary Cooperative Appeal Assignments

Throughout the year, hundreds of missionary request letters accumulate. Each letter is reviewed and considered for the Missionary Cooperative Appeal Program based on written documentation, if included. The Internet also is used to research further information.     

A letter is sent to the missionary to confirm his/her interest in giving an appeal within the Diocese of Lansing during a weekend, between April 1st and September 30th the following year. The missionary must agree to follow the diocesan policy and guidelines, which are included. Plus, provide a “Letter of Suitability” from his/her superior to be on file in the Office of Missions prior to his/her entrance. Also, a notification of the form in which the Office of Mission will forward monies due. (Policy: No paper checks will be sent out of the continental United States. A banking wire transfer is done.

The assignments are made with geographic location and size of the parish in mind. This helps the missionary plan for an efficient and most cost effective way to travel. Pastors also are informed that most missionaries will have two parishes within the diocese and will need back to back weekends as they move in and out of the diocese.  
All dates of the Missionary Cooperative Appeals are recorded in the Office of Missions as they are reported from the parish and/or missionary.

Once the parish has forwarded the collection monies to the diocesan Finance Office (attn: Accounts Receivable), the parish is credited.  Then, a check request or wire transfer is requested to complete the transaction.

Requests for inclusion MCA 2017 

The time allowed for acceptance has closed for Summer 2017.  If you have sent a request for inclusiuon and are accepted you will be notified by March 1, 2017.  All of the requests sent in before December 1, 2016 are being reviewed.  
Letters of request for MCA 2018 will be accepted from July 1, 2017 - December 1, 2017.   


Important Information on Mission Appeals

2017 Special Collection Material has been ordered.

Special collection dates

2018 Collection Dates

2017 Collection Dates

2016 Collection Dates

Mass stipends

Missionaries are experiencing firsthand the drastic decline of Mass stipends and are in critical need of support. Please consider sending any amount to help assist them, as they humbly serve the poorest of the poor. If you would like to provide a very important source of spiritual and financial support, please send a check payable to "Diocese of Lansing" and send to Diocese of Lansing, attn: Accounts Receivable, 228 North Walnut Street, Lansing, MI 48933. Your gift will be forwarded to a missionary.