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A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in the late morning of April 25, 2015, toppling buildings and homes, causing widespread panic, and claiming thousands of lives. Our Church mourns the terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters affected by this powerful earthquake. Please join with the Catholic community across the United States in responding to our suffering brothers and sisters through a special collection for the work of Catholic Relief Services in Nepal. CRS is the official humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S. and is already responding to urgent needs for shelter, water and food in Nepal. For more information, go to CRS.org.
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. (National Collections not managed by USCCB)
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.
The political and humanitarian crisis in Syria continues to be of serious concern for the Catholic Church and the bishops of the United States. In the past five years, at least four million Syrians have fled their country as a consequence of the civil war and the rise of ISIS. Most have fled to surrounding countries, and many others have moved on to Europe with the hope of finding a place of peace and safety. Reflecting Christ's call to welcome the stranger, it is imperative that we help to provide a place of welcome to vulnerable refugee populations, with particular attention given to the ongoing crisis in Syria.
The Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) program strengthens the dioceses and parishes' ability to welcome refugees from all over the world. Its main focus is to encourage parishes to make an ongoing and organized commitment to working with refugees in partnership with the resettlement program of the diocese. In response to the growing crisis, the POWR program will assist in the resettlement of Syrian refugees. Please consider helping POWR during this needed time. Your support will provide long-term assistance locally to all refugees, like the Syrian refugees, by giving them the vital resources they need to keep safe, healthy, and secure.
"Creating a world where immigrants, refugees, migrants, and people on the move are treated with dignity, respect, welcome, and belonging."
The National Catholic Fund for Migration and Refugee Services provides funds to help recently arrived refugees and other migrants who are faced with an emergency or crises--burying a family member, temporary help with unanticipated expenses, help in finding employment, etc.If you live in New York, Florida, or Washington, DC, donate online now. To make a donation from another state return this form or go to the National Catholic Fund for Migration and Refugee Services webpage.
On January 1, 2015, Pope Francis recognized the World Day of Peace with the theme: "Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters." In alignment with this message, we invite you to answer Pope Francis' call to build a civilization based on the equal dignity of every person and join our efforts to eliminate the scourge of human trafficking by making a personal commitment and financial contribution to fight human trafficking.
Help us in our fight against human trafficking by making a contribution to the Catholic Fund against Human Trafficking. If in New York, Florida, or the District of Columbia donate online. To make a donation from another state return this form.
Passing on Hope is a program designed specifically for refugees to help fellow refugees. These funds are used for a variety of purposes, including supplementing government programs administered by USCCB--Migration and Refugee Services. If you live in New York, Florida, or Washington, DC, donate online. To make a donation from another state go to the Passing on Hope webpage or return this form.
Your donation can go even further if your employer has a matching gift program. If so, the employer will match your gift to the charity. Check with your human resources office. List of matching gift employers.
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