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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 will take 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.
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
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 Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development allows funding for community and economic development projects. Your gift to this annual Collection is the primary means of support for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Together, we are taking poverty off the map, one community at a time.
Holy Rosary Credit Union is fighting poverty in the heart of our country. Started by Italian immigrants in 1943, the not-for-profit credit union extends development and financial education services geared toward the low-income population of Kansas City, Missouri. With help from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Collection, the credit union encourages thrift, savings, and the wise use of credit for individuals and small businesses. It teaches members how to manage and control their finances, helping move them out of poverty and into financial stability. Holy Rosary Credit Union abides by the principles of Catholic social teaching and bases its outreach on Christ's example of love for the poor.
In most dioceses, the Collection will occur the weekend of November 23-24, 2013, although your (arch)diocese may schedule it at a different time. Materials to promote the Collection are available on our website. There you will find ads, web banners, and other useful information. Please use these materials to increase awareness of CCHD's work with the poor and marginalized.
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 Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
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