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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.
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.
"Creating a world where immigrants, refugees, migrants, and people on the move are treated with dignity, respect, welcome, and belonging."
The Passing on Hope fund was established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) over ten years ago to enable former refugees to assist newly arriving refugees to the United States with their initial resettlement and welcome. After all, who better knows and understands the needs of refugees than those who have had that same experience? While former refugees are still the core supporters of the program, USCCB/MRS invites anyone with a heart of compassion for refugees and the dire circumstances that have forced them to flee family and country for a new life in a strange land to pledge their support with a gift to Passing on Hope.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has for decades made the protection of the inalienable rights of migrants a priority. Pope Benedict XVI reminds us in his encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, that every "migrant is a human person who, as such, posses fundamental, inalienable rights that must be respected by everyone and in every circumstance." The National Catholic Fund for Migration and Refugee Services provides much needed assistance to refugees, migrants, victims of human trafficking, and unaccompanied refugee minors who seek basic human dignity in the United States.
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