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"I exhort the faithful to solidarity in this time of great need
for our brothers and sisters in harm's way—many of whom have been hit
repeatedly by the successive hurricanes." -Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo
On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria, a category 5 storm, swept through the Caribbean devastating Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Dominica following Hurricane Irma's aftermath of the previous week. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops called on Catholics across the country saying, "I exhort the faithful to solidarity in this time of great need for our brothers and sisters in harm's way—many of whom have been hit repeatedly by the successive hurricanes." Since the immediate statements of Cardinal DiNardo, it has become clear that the people of Puerto Rico face an unprecedented level of need as a result of those devastating storms.
The Hurricane Maria fund will enable the USCCB to support Catholic Charities USA to deliver assistance and aid to thousands impacted by this crisis and in the long-term recovery efforts. Assisting with reconstruction and the pastoral needs of the Church in Puerto Rico are also major elements of this emergency appeal. You can stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters by supporting the Hurricane Maria fund. Your support is an act of charity and inspires solidarity with our neighbors.
Learn more about how you can help.
A destroyed home in Puerto Rico, more than one month after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
In the wake of multiple earthquakes, the Church in Mexico has experienced significant damage in some of the poorest dioceses in the country. Your support to the Mexico Earthquakes Fund will provide support for the immediate humanitarian needs of the people and Church needs arising from the disaster.Learn more about how you can show your solidarity and support the Mexico Earthquakes Fund.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galeveston-Houston, president of the USCCB, has invited the bishops to take an emergency collection the weekend of September 23-24th on behalf of those devastated in parts of the Caribbean and southeastern United
States by Hurricane Irma. These
funds will be used to support the efforts of Church relief agencies they reach out to provide humanitarian aid in the form of
water, food, shelter, and medical care, as well as long-term efforts
to restore communities after widespread destruction, and to the USCCB for
pastoral and reconstruction aid to the Church in the Caribbean and the United
States. Learn more about this special collection and prior emergency appeals.
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice-president of the USCCB has
called on the bishops to consider taking up a special collection in
response to the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Funds
given to the collection will support the humanitarian and recovery
efforts of Catholic Charities USA and will provide pastoral and
rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the USCCB. Learn more about this special collection and prior emergency appeals.
Read more about Catholic Charities USA.
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
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) was founded in 1970 by the Catholic bishops of the United States as their domestic anti-poverty program. Designed to address the policies and structures that perpetuate poverty to create sustainable solutions, CCHD empowers poor and marginalized people to join together and make decisions to improve their lives and neighborhoods.
With your support of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, El Pájaro Community Development Corporation (CDC) is empowering Latino and Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs like Marleny.
Marleny came to the United States from El Salvador, escaping violence and an unsafe situation. She had a dream to start a pupuseria restaurant and to serve traditional Salvadoran food and support her family. She entered the Business Education and Loan Program at El Pájaro CDC and in October 2014 opened Pupuseria Marleny's.
With the support and education she received, her business has been so successful that she has already opened a second restaurant. The restaurants have allowed Marleny to provide gainful employment to five new workers and help revitalize her community.
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
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).
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