The Holy Childhood Association is one of four Pontifical missions, with the unique motto of “Children Helping Children.” Every year, Canadian children support children in mission countries through prayer and sacrificial giving. Their donations are used for children in orphanages, slum areas, street havens, schools, hospitals, refugee camps and centres for the disabled. The money helps provides food, medicine, clean water, shelter and education. In 2014, donations from children in Canada helped children in Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia and Sudan.

Once again, children here in the Archdiocese have been very generous. For the 12-month period ending January 31, 2015, the following was raised for the Holy Childhood Association:

  • $54,763.49 from parishes in the Archdiocese
  • $14,362.43 from schools in the Archdiocese
  • $69,125.92 total from the Archdiocese 

By comparison, the total contributed to the Holy Childhood Association from all of English Canada for the same period was $214,432.85.  The Archdiocese of Edmonton contributed 32 percent of that total (nearly one-third). 

Deacon Pat Hessel, who serves as Missions Chair for the Archdiocese, calls the numbers a "a testament to the generosity of the people of the Archdiocese, especially the children."

"This also reflects the continuing effects of the work of the late Father Troy, who was a strong advocate for the Holy Childhood Association in the Archdiocese," says Deacon Pat. "Some of the largest contributions in the Archdiocese have come from parishes that allow the children to make donations (typically small change) to the Holy Childhood Association during their weekend liturgies. Collectively, these small donations have allowed Pope Francis to meet the needs of many children in developing countries. 

"It is wonderful to see our children becoming missionaries!  It speaks to a bright future for the Archdiocese."

For more information about the Holy Childhood Association, or to order free educational materials, visit the Holy Childhood Association website.