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U.S. bishops expressed their solidarity with the people of the
Philippines after the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan in a letter to the president
of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. The bishops took up a special collection in parishes across the U.S. Proceeds from
the collection will go to both immediate humanitarian needs and the cost
of long-term reconstruction. Donations to this collection are still being accepted. For more information, see our National Collections page.
For most Catholics, opportunities for giving begin in their parish and diocese. Diocesan and parish stewardship programs should help individuals, families and communities better understand why, in the context of a total commitment to stewardship that is planned, proportionate, and sacrificial, it is important to set goals for giving. All Christian stewards must consider prayerfully the gifts they have received from God, and they should make a decision (in advance from the "first fruits" instead of what is left over after obligations have been met) about what will be given. Many parishes now offer electronic funds transfer options for the weekly offertory in addition to the traditional envelope system to help families and individuals meet their stewardship commitments.
The bishops of the United States established the national collections to support the Church's works of social justice, evangelization and education, both domestically and around the globe. Jesus reminds us that the two greatest commandments are to love God with our whole heart, our whole mind, and our whole soul; and to love our neighbor as ourselves. The national collections offer us an opportunity to help our neighbors in the light of the Gospel. In doing so, we act as faithful stewards of the gifts God has given us.
Through our parishes, every Catholic participates in a global community of faith. The national collections are a powerful expression of this community. Our contributions help people across the street and around the world, people who struggle to practice the faith, and people who live in great need.
Each of these important collections is worthy of support and represents the community of faith at work in the world, saving souls and improving lives. Catholics are encouraged to view the national collections in the light of stewardship and of sharing.
Join Tom Grenchik and staff to help the bishops in proclaiming that each human life is a precious gift from God. Donate to "People of Life" or learn more about the campaign and help us work toward the day when all human life, especially the unborn, is respected by society and protected by law.
"Creating a world where immigrants, refugees, migrants, and people on the move are treated with dignity, respect, welcome, and belonging."
The Passing on Hope fund was established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) over ten years ago to enable former refugees to assist newly arriving refugees to the United States with their initial resettlement and welcome. After all, who better knows and understands the needs of refugees than those who have had that same experience? While former refugees are still the core supporters of the program, USCCB/MRS invites anyone with a heart of compassion for refugees and the dire circumstances that have forced them to flee family and country for a new life in a strange land to pledge their support with a gift to Passing on Hope.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has for decades made the protection of the inalienable rights of migrants a priority. Pope Benedict XVI reminds us in his encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, that every "migrant is a human person who, as such, posses fundamental, inalienable rights that must be respected by everyone and in every circumstance." The National Catholic Fund for Migration and Refugee Services provides much needed assistance to refugees, migrants, victims of human trafficking, and unaccompanied refugee minors who seek basic human dignity in the United States.
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