Holy Childhood Association

Holy Childhood is the Pope's own missionary work for Children.

Who are we?

The Holy Childhood Association (HCA)  was founded in France in 1843 by Bishop Charles de Forbin Jansen. Its purpose is to encourage all children to be aware of the needs of children living in mission territories through out the world.

Monsignor Killen was the 1st HCA Director for the Diocese of Calgary.  After 30 years, Father Malo was given the opportunity until 1969 when Father Brian Hubka was appointed by Bishop O'Byrne.

On behalf of the Diocesan Mission Council and the Parishioners of the Diocese, we would like to thank Father Hubka for nearly 40 years of dedication to the children of the world. (Thank you Father Tim Boyle who held the fort in 2002 – 2004).

What do we do?

Our motto is "children helping children".

The Association provides material to educate children regarding missionaries around the world, who focus on children and their needs. This material can be either used at the parish level or within the school system. First mailing available Sep-Dec. Jan-Jun materials follow automatically early in the New Year.

To order your free education materials visit:

Where your pennies go?

This year in Canada the Holy Childhood Association allocates its donation to the following countries.

When and how you can donate?

Does your parish or school have a HCA collection already set up?  
If not, you can send your donation directly to Father Hubka's office or you may want to set up a HCA within your own parish or school.

Setting up a HCA program within your own parish or school

  1. Step One – research HCA under Mission Projects on National website -
  2. Step Two  – contact Father Hubka for advice and direction
  3. Step Three - talk to your parish priest and get his support
  4. Step Four – make a presentation to your Parish Council to receive approval
  5. Step Five – start your program!

Here are different ways Parishes within the Diocese are collecting donations for HCA.

  • A collection basket or jar is placed just in front of the altar and during the Mass the children are encouraged to make their donations to HCA
  • A second collection basket clearly identified (e.g. different color) is passed to the parishioners during one weekend a month which provides the opportunity to donate to HCA
  • In the family collection box, each month there is an envelope which is designated to HCA
  • Coin boxes for children are available to be used during lent or during Mission month in October
  • Some Catholic schools have chosen to participate in the HCA program and have fundraisers as their method of collecting donations

Why donate to HCA through your Parish, School or Diocese?

Every penny goes directly to the children in the missions.  

It is with great thanks that we acknowledge the tremendous support from YOU, the parishioners of the Diocese of Calgary.

History of Holy Childhood Association Donations from the Diocese of Calgary

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Update on Food Crisis in West Africa (Sahel Region)

The Sahel region of Africa is on the brink of a major humanitarian crisis. This region, which runs beneath the Sahara desert, is facing catastrophic food shortages after erratic weather has caused the failure of crops. In addition, rising food costs have made it increasingly difficult for families to access food.

An estimated 18 million people are facing food shortages due to poor rains, which have had a detrimental effect on crops. This is part of a pattern of recurrent droughts in the region which has made it difficult for communities who rely on subsistence farming to cope. Rapidly rising food costs have made the purchase of food inaccessible to many.

In addition, the armed conflict in Mali has de-stabilized the region by displacing over 220,000 Malians, many of whom have taken refuge in neighbouring countries, which are also affected by this crisis.

Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania have declared states of emergency and have asked for international aid. Senegal, Gambia and parts of northern Nigeria and northern Cameroon are also affected.

Development and Peace is currently supporting local partner organizations in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso with the distribution of food staples and other activities to help communities cope with food shortages and malnutrition.

Local Caritas partners are in action, organizing programs to help communities cope with the effects of this worsening food crisis and Development and Peace is supporting them in these activities. In conjunction with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, we are mainly supporting large-scale food distribution projects organized by Caritas Mali, Caritas Niger and Caritas Burkina Faso. However, there is more that can be done in these countries and others, like Senegal, Chad and Mauritania, which are also affected by this crisis.

Here are some of the activities that you can help support today:

  • In Mali, Caritas Mali, amongst other activities, will distribute 1,135 tons of cereals and grains to 3,626 households (25,377 people). They will also support around 100 reserve granaries, a community initiative that allows farmers to protect themselves against price speculation for cereals during shortages.
  • In Niger, Caritas Niger will organize Cash-for-Work programs in 69 vulnerable villages and Food-for-Work programs, which will benefit close to 4,000 households. They are also organization the distribution of free food to approximately 15,000 families in extremely vulnerable regions.
  • In Burkina Faso, Caritas Burkina Faso will, amongst other activities, support farmers in improving agricultural production and will provide help for replenishing and feeding livestock. They are also distributing 1,688 tons of cereal to more than 2,000 families.
  • In Chad, Caritas Chad is distributing free supplies to vulnerable populations in the Sahelian and Sudanese regions of the country, reaching 116,980 people.
  • In Senegal, Caritas Senegal is distributing 250 kg of rice and 20 liters of cooking oil to 176,728 people in vulnerable households from June to September.
  • In Mauritania, Caritas Mauritania is supporting the construction and rehabilitation of water sources for human and animal consumption as a way to reinforce the resilience of local villages, where 4,300 households are affected.

Information was taken from the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) website at

Further Information on the current situation in West Africa can be viewed on the following CCODP website links:

Video on Food Crisis in the Sahel

By Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer (dated August 31, 2012)

No Home for the Displaced in Mali

By Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer (dated August 21, 2012)

When You are in Difficulty, to Find Someone to Help You is a Joy

By Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer (dated August 17, 2012)

The Diocese of Calgary is participating in an emergency appeal to assist those affected by the Food Crisis in West Africa and accepting financial donations. All funds will be forwarded to the Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP). The Government of Canada will match all donations made until September 30th.

Donations can be made in the following ways:

  • by sending a cheque payable to your parish and earmarked \"Sahel (West Africa Food Crisis)\"
  • by sending a cheque payable to the RC Diocese of Calgary, earmarked \"Sahel (West Africa Food Crisis)\" and sent to Pastoral Centre, 120 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2T2 .

For further questions, please contact Jana Drapal at the Social Justice Office at 403-218-5519 or e-mail Details on the Government's decision to match donations can be found on the CCODP website: .

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Executive Director's Message

by Sr. Cecily Graves, fmm

Now, in 2010, the role of the Diocesan Mission Council is two faceted. First, we are responsible for the churches on four native reserves in the Diocese of Calgary. We pay the salaries of the priests who work at each church, and if and when necessary, we give limited parish assistance. Three of these churches have their own parish priests and administration, a parish council and offer various ministries. One church is a mission of a city parish and is dependent on it for Eucharist and other sacramental services. These native churches are becoming more self-reliant and less isolated, forming bonds with one another and nearby churches.

Mission Council's second responsibility is to respond to the many appeals that come into the Diocese from churches throughout the world. Before a positive response to any of these is considered, it must fit into the category of pre-evangelization, direct-evangelization or indirect-evangelization. Research is done to assure the validity of a request, and to ensure that it has the approval of the local Bishop. Then our council addresses the question of availability of funds and the actual situation of the church within the country.

We seek to share the greatest treasure we have - our knowledge of and relationship with Jesus. Where possible, we show tangible support for our brother and sister churches enduring persecution. This of course cannot be abstract, and often involves material aid. E-mail communication helps a lot and brings a closeness with the people involved, and a better understanding of the situation that we are being asked to support. Currently, we have projects in the persecuted churches of Pakistan and Eritrea. The Philippines, the Caribbean, Vietnam and Africa are home to some of our projects this year, as well.

Mission Council is grateful to the volunteers who give time to work on our stamps and recycled card projects. Also many thanks to the people for their encouragement, monetary donations and notably, to the CWL throughout the Diocese for their support.

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Related Themes Social Justice Charities Discipleship Volunteers Evangelization
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