by Fr. Rothell Price
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES (CRS) COLLECTION
Announcement Dates: March 12th & 19th
Collection Date: March 25th & 26th
Support the Catholic Relief Services Collection: HELP JESUS IN DISGUISE.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” (Rev. 3: 20) The Catholic Relief Services Collection, occurring on the Fourth Sunday of Lent, gives us the opportunity to extend our devotion to the Lord Jesus throughout the entire year by coming to the aid of the least of his brothers and sisters in times of natural or human-caused calamity.
The Catholic Relief Services Collection helps six different Catholic agencies to answer the knock of Jesus in disguise around the world. The USCCB’s Department of Migration and Refugee Services feeds Jesus’ hunger in suffering refugees. Their Catholic Relief Services give water to quench Jesus’ thirst. Their Catholic Legal Immigration Services offer legal assistance to Jesus in struggling immigrants. Their Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church reaches out to comfort Jesus’ loneliness in isolated workers. Their Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development advocates on behalf of Jesus in the poor and marginalized. And their Holy Father’s Relief Fund sends aid to Jesus in the victims of natural disasters. When people ask where is the Church and what is the Church doing to benefit people in need, our response, through Catholic Relief Services is, “here we are.” Help Jesus in disguise. Give generously to the Catholic Relief Services Collection.
PONTIFICAL GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY LAND
Announcement Dates: April 2nd & 9th
Participation Dates: Good Friday, April 14th
The Pontifical Good Friday Collection supports the people of the Holy Land and the pilgrims who visit. A portion of the funds are directly allocated to educational and ecclesial projects in the Middle East. The rest of the funds support ministries and programs entrusted by the Holy See to the Holy Land Franciscans who have been serving there for 800 years.
Last year’s Pontifical Good Friday Collection:
• Supported 29 parishes, four homes for orphans, three academic institutions
• Helped keep schools open for 10,000 pre-K through grade 12 students
• Supported 120 men preparing to be priests or brothers
• Helped rehabilitate 80 homes for Christian families
• Provided senior care facilities in Bethlehem and Nazareth
• Created 1,500 jobs in the Holy Land for Christians
• Preserved 54 shrines connected with the life of Jesus and the prophets
Please give generously to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection. Our Holy Father, Francis, strongly encourages our participation in this collection. Through it you join with Catholics around the world to stand in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. Your contribution to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection makes you an instrument of peace in a troubled land. Thank you for your sacrificial offering on Good Friday.