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National Collections

 

Collection for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

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:

USCCB
Office of National Collections
P.O. Box 96278
Washington, DC 20090-6278

Memo portion of check: Typhoon Haiyan Recovery 2013

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National
Collections
Work 

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
improving lives.

The bishops encourage us to view the national collections in the light of stewardship and of sharing. God has given us our light and our prosperity, all we need and more. It is right and just that we give something back through these collections, helping people in our own country and around the world to live better and to grow in the
love of Jesus.

CARA Report - Online Giving

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.

Guidelines

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
 

2014/2015 National Collection Schedule


One Church. One Mission. Real Lives.

The Catholic Relief Services Collection funds six Catholic agencies that carry out international relief and solidarity efforts. Through their projects, these agencies help Jesus disguised as our suffering brothers and sisters.

Support the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe - Poster

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for international relief and development
Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) for refugee resettlement
Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) for immigration legal services
Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development (JPHD) for advocacy
Holy Father's Relief Fund for emergency relief
Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church for evangelization and ministry

In most dioceses, the collection will occur the weekend of March 29-30, 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 this collection and help Jesus in disguise.

For more information, please contact the National Collections staff at 202-541-3346 or ncpromo@usccb.org. We truly appreciate your support of the Catholic Relief Services Collection.



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