by Fr. Rothell Price, Vicar General
COLLECTION FOR THE CHURCH IN LATIN AMERICA
Announcement Dates: January 8th & 15th
Collection Dates: January 21st & 22nd
Pope Francis said, “I write to thank you… for this outstanding sign of communion and solidarity with the Church in South America and the Caribbean.” Supporting this collection in your parish makes a real difference in the lives of the faithful in these regions.
It is my hope that you take to heart Pope Francis’ personal gratitude to you for your participation in this second collection. Your contribution does far more good than you may think; it makes a real difference in the lives of the least of Jesus Christ’s brothers and sisters.
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo provides a moving example of the power of your contribution to the Collection for the Church in Latin America.
“In Nicaragua, members of the deaf community are often unable to participate in Mass or proper sacramental formation because resources are not available in sign language. With a grant from the Collection for the Church in Latin America, the Archdiocese of Managua is increasing the number of workshops, Masses and educational materials in sign language. The generosity of your parishioners has provided these resources to train over 200 ministers to serve the deaf community. … A mother told the story of how she realized her daughter was deaf and what she had to do to make sure her daughter would know Jesus Christ and share her faith. You and your parishioners have helped her do this.”
Your participation in our second collections saves souls! You have helped this mother and child, and others like them, to know Jesus Christ. Please give generously to the Collection for the Church in Latin America.
DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
Announcement Dates: January 22nd & 29th
Collection Dates: February 4th & 5th
Our Diocesan Catholic Schools Collection is a beautiful thing. Our contribution to this collection is an expression of our love for our own children and/or those of our fellow parishioners. The Diocesan Catholic Schools Collection blesses us with this unique opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to their Catholic education and religious formation. For those of us who do not have children or grandchildren, the children of our parochial and diocesan family are no less ours, as they are our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.
Our two Catholic high schools and four elementary schools are amazing places. In them our children and youth encounter Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the witness of the Church saints through the kindness and commitment of auxiliary staff, teachers, aides, administrators and Parent Teacher Associations.
Please give generously to our Diocesan Catholic Schools Collection. Your mercy helps parents choose a Catholic education and formation for their children. Help our children and youth grow up in the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. St. Frederick High School, Loyola College Prep, Our Lady of Fatima, Jesus the Good Shepherd, St. Joseph and St. John Berchmans are OUR corporal and spiritual works of mercy to the civic community.
Joyfully support Catholic education. Give to our Diocesan Catholic Schools Collection.