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After Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria swept through much of the same geography and our brothers and sisters in Mexico have suffered multiple earthquakes. The Church in the Caribbean has suffered significant devastation and the Church in Mexico has experienced significant damage in some of the poorest dioceses in the country.In light of these disasters, the Office of National Collections has set up funds for both disasters to receive any contributions dioceses, parishes, or individuals wish to make. Contributed funds will be used to support the reconstruction and pastoral needs of the Church as well as humanitarian and recovery assistance through Catholic Charities USA (Hurricane Maria) and Catholic Relief Services (Mexico Earthquake).
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galeveston-Houston, president of the USCCB, has invited the bishops to take an emergency collection the weekend of September 23-24th on behalf of those devastated in parts of the Caribbean and southeastern United
States by Hurricane Irma. These
funds will be used to support the efforts of Church relief agencies they reach out to provide humanitarian aid in the form of
water, food, shelter, and medical care, as well as long-term efforts
to restore communities after widespread destruction, and to the USCCB for
pastoral and reconstruction aid to the Church in the Caribbean and the United
States. Learn more about this special collection and prior emergency appeals.
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice-president of the USCCB has
called on the bishops to consider taking up a special collection in
response to the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Funds
given to the collection will support the humanitarian and recovery
efforts of Catholic Charities USA and will provide pastoral and
rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the USCCB. Learn more about this special collection and prior emergency appeals.
Read more about Catholic Charities USA.
This video highlights some of the work being done through the National Collections.
"As faithful disciples and imitators of Christ, you are urged to go against the current, choosing the evangelical option of serving the brethren…above all, because you are impelled by the unceasing power of divine charity."
— Pope John Paul II (2001)
Each parish is part of the Church Universal; it is the Catholic
Church in a particular place. The bishops of the United States created
the national collections so that, by combining resources, we can more
effectively carry out our mission as Catholics. Each of these important
collections is worthy of your support. Each collection represents our
community of faith at work in the world, saving souls and
"A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just."
Support to the Peter's Pence Collection helps the Holy Father as he reaches out compassionately to make the world less cold and more just. This collection supports the charitable works of Pope Francis and the Holy See.
This document, approved in November 2011 and addressed to bishops and to diocesan and parish personnel, provides guidance and explanation about the nature and meaning of the national collections and direction on how they should be best administered.
One Church. One Mission—Guidelines for Administering USCCB National Collections in Dioceses
USCCB National Collections partnered with Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) to conduct a survey on recent giving patterns within the Catholic Church. This survey focused particular attention on whether Pope Francis has had a positive effect on giving. Read the survey results.
Thirty-two percent of working-age Catholics have given online at some point, according to a report on U.S. Catholic and online giving from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).
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