Second Collection: Peter’s Pence

by Fr. Rothell Price

Announcement Dates: June 16 & 23
Collection Dates: June 29 & 30

Be a Pilgrim of Charity.” This is the theme of the 2013 Peter’s Pence Collection. This theme of being evangelizing pilgrims is rooted in 1 Corinthians 13:7, “Charity bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

The fathers of the Second Vatican Council affirmed the Church as “The Pilgrim People of God,” proclaiming our individual and communal journey to the fullness of the Kingdom, proclaimed by Christ the Lord. The Peter’s Pence Collection gives each of us the opportunity to become a pilgrim of charity around the world.  Our gifts to this annual collection help the Holy Father strengthen dioceses, religious orders and struggling communities of faith. We are blessed with the unique opportunity to pursue a corporal and spiritual work of mercy, which is at the heart of the priestly life and petrine ministry of Pope Francis. Our participation in Peter’s Pence affords us the privilege of going beyond talk about solidarity with the poor to concrete union and service to these brothers and sisters of ours in word and deed.

What a wonderful gift each of us can personally give to the Lord Jesus and our Holy Father as they are begged by their daughters and sons around the world for help from on High, and from the Vicar of Christ on earth. In the poor dioceses where many are dependent on the Church for social and pastoral support, in regions where Catholics are persecuted for their faith and in nations overloaded with refugees and victims of war and natural disasters, the works done by the Holy Father help the Church (us) extend charity to those most in need.

Pope Francis represents each and every one of us. “In every diocese and in every parish and religious community, Peter’s Pence is collected every year and sent to the center of the Church to be redistributed as required by the needs and requests that the Pope receives from every corner of the earth.” Address of His Holiness Benedict XVI to the members of the Circolo San Pietro, March 8, 2007.  Please participate fully and give generously to this year’s Peter’s Pence Collection.  Your personal participation will ensure the success of this collection in this Year of Faith and the first year of the pontificate of Pope Francis.

Fr. Rothell Price, Vicar General, is the Director of Special Collections.

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