Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Collection

THE CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES (CRS) COLLECTION
Announcement Dates: March 17th & 24th   
Collection Dates: March 30th & 31st

Support the Catholic Relief Services (CRS)Collection: HELP JESUS IN DISGUISE.

The Catholic Relief Services Collection is a beautiful and inspiring way to encounter Jesus Christ during the holy season of Lent. I am convinced that you are like me. I have the great desire to do anything and all I can for the Lord Jesus; and so do you. Together, we love him and want to show our devotion and love to him for the love and devotion he has first shown to us. In our compassion for, plus our reaching out to, our brothers and sisters laboring under the various crosses of many kinds of crises, it is actually Jesus himself, we are helping. Our Savior said, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers (and sisters) of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40 a).

The theme of our Catholic Relief Services Collection continues to be Help Jesus in Disguise. As our great nation supports the work and mission of the American Red Cross, so the Catholic faithful support the work and mission of Catholic Relief Services. We support CRS because of our love for Jesus Christ. Giving of ourselves rightly makes us feel good about the kindness we do for others. And, the good we do for the recovery, safety, and well-being of others not only makes us feel good, but when done for Jesus and in his name, it comes with a heavenly reward. “Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25: 34b).

Through the Catholic Relief Services Collection, we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, care for the ill, and visit the imprisoned (Matthew 25: 35-36). How uplifting it is to Help Jesus in Disguise! In the spirit of this holy season of renewing our love for Jesus by encountering him through almsgiving, self-sacrifice, and fasting, give generously to the Catholic Relief Services Collection.

Whether Catholic Relief Services is “Helping Jesus in Disguise” through a crisis, man-made or natural, here in the United States of America or abroad, it is an inspiring and uplifting goodness. Victims of persecution, natural disasters, humanitarian crises, draught, famine and any other disasters that may come into your mind, will know comfort and relief that someone, somewhere cares about them and the hardships they are enduring. Jesus cares and you care. Parents are relieved when help comes to alleviate the suffering of their children. Children’s hearts soar when help is given to their parents. People are visibly grateful when you and I care for them – “Jesus in Disguise.” Please give generously to the Catholic Relief Services Collection.

And, don’t forget to continue to draw closer to Jesus in Disguise through the devotion of your Rice Bowl which you will present, in joy, to our risen and victorious Lord at Mass on Easter Sunday. •

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