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The 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. for both immediate humanitarian needs and the cost of long-term reconstruction.
Archbishop Kurtz went to the Philippines personally February 2-7 in order to meet with victims and express his solidarity. Read about the visit here and on Archbishop Kurtz's blog.
Donations to this collection are still being accepted. Dioceses, please use transmittal form. Individuals may send checks to:
Office of National Collections
P.O. Box 96278
Washington, DC 20090-6278
Memo portion of check: Typhoon Haiyan Recovery 2013
This video highlights some of the work being done through the National Collections.
"As faithful disciples and imitators of Christ, you are urged to go against the current, choosing the evangelical option of serving the brethren…above all, because you are impelled by the unceasing power of divine charity."
— Pope John Paul II (2001)
Each parish is part of the Church Universal; it is the Catholic
Church in a particular place. The bishops of the United States created
the national collections so that, by combining resources, we can more
effectively carry out our mission as Catholics. Each of these important
collections is worthy of your support. Each collection represents our
community of faith at work in the world, saving souls and
USCCB National Collections partnered with Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) to conduct a survey on recent giving patterns within the Catholic Church. This survey focused particular attention on whether Pope Francis has had a positive effect on giving. Read the survey results.
Thirty-two percent of working-age Catholics have given online at some point, according to a report on U.S. Catholic and online giving from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).
"The knowledge gained from this report is important for our understanding of the current patterns of giving among Catholics," said Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati, chairman of the USCCB National Collections Committee. Read
the press release.
This document, approved in November 2011 and addressed to bishops and to diocesan and parish personnel, provides guidance and explanation about the nature and meaning of the national collections and direction on how they should be best administered.
One Church. One Mission—Guidelines for Administering USCCB National Collections in Dioceses
The Catholic Home Missions Appeal supports dioceses in the United States and its territories that lack the resources to provide basic pastoral ministry to their populations. Through annual grants coming solely from the appeal, Catholic Home Missions funds catechesis, seminarian education, lay ministry training, Hispanic ministry, and other pastoral programs in needy dioceses.
As a result of parishioners' generosity, Catholic Home Missions impacts the lives of over 160 million Catholics. The dioceses funded by the Appeal comprise nearly 45% of all U.S. dioceses.
In most dioceses, the appeal will occur the weekend of April 26-27, though your (arch)diocese may schedule it at a different time. Materials to promote the collection are available on our website. Please use these materials to increase awareness of your brothers and sisters who live in needy U.S. dioceses.
For more information, please contact the National Collections staff at 202-541-3346 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We truly appreciate your support of the Catholic Home Missions Appeal.
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