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Missionary Cooperation Plan

Every other year between January 1 and September 30, parishes in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are expected to host a speaker from a mission congregation, lay mission organization or mission diocese.  This is the Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP) of the United States Catholic Church.  The two‑fold purpose of the plan is to provide opportunities for appeals for prayer and financial support from Catholics of the United States; and, to be educated about what is happening in the mission field today.
Each year well over 100 applications are received for approximately 15 spots.  In order to be considered for the following year, the deadline for all applicants is November 30. This policy applies to all groups, with the exception of Catholic Relief Services and authorized twinning relationships, who desire access to parishes for direct or indirect support for their overseas missionary/aid ministries.