Second Collections: Catholic Campaign for Human Development

by Fr. Rothell Price

Collection Dates: November 22nd & 23rd   
Announcement Dates: November 9th & 16th

Our very dear Pope Francis continues to encourage and challenge us to live our faith in Jesus Christ.  He, by word and deed, guides us in the way of “being” Good News.  Our Holy Father consistently urges us to evangelize with the unique testimony of our lives. This month we unite in participation with our Catholic brothers and sisters in the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). This campaign is a special work of the Catholic bishops of our country to rally the Christian faithful to support and sustain those efforts and programs that are aimed at ending poverty in our nation. Through these second collections we can joyfully witness the love of Jesus Christ.

This campaign addresses the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled self-help organizations and transformative education. Grants are awarded by the subcommittee on the CCHD with the approval of local bishops.  The CCHD has funded organizations that work to end poverty and defend human dignity in neighborhoods throughout the U.S. In the Diocese of Shreveport, CCHD funding was instrumental in the effort to bring night bus service to Shreveport. People who want to work can now get to work. Employers needing workers in the evening, at night and in the early morning have them. CCHD funding has been instrumental in our regional efforts in the Lake Providence and the delta region for training people for “living wage” jobs at local employers’ requests.

I ask your generous participation in this pastoral ministry of the bishops of the U.S. The CCHD is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty. You are essential to its success. Your generous donations will give those in poverty the support they need to make lasting changes.  CCHD is not a program of handouts; rather, it is a systematic program of a hand up. The work of CCHD is the embodiment of the popular saying, “give a man a fish and you feed him for day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Together we can make a difference in families and communities across the U.S.

Our Lord doesn’t ask a large contribution from us; He asks that we give, and do so from the heart. Our Lord teaches us that our small generosity given in faith is counted as more by our God than someone’s large surplus. Give what you can, not what you can’t. The Lord’s concern is not what, but how we give.

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

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