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WASHINGTON—The annual Collection to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe will be held in most parishes February 10, Ash Wednesday. The collection supports pastoral, educational and construction projects in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
In 2015, the Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe awarded over $7.7 million through more than 250 grants. Projects supported by the collection assist a broad range of needs focused on providing pastoral care and developing resources in countries of the former Soviet Union and who have struggled to rebuild faith communities in a post-communist society.
Among projects recently supported are the construction of a daycare center facility for children with disabilities in Armenia and conflict resolution and peer mediation training for faculty members of a Catholic school in Russia.
"What a great way to begin our celebration of Lent during this Jubilee of Mercy. This annual collection on behalf of our brothers and sisters who are struggling in Central and Eastern Europe offers a vivid reminder that mercy is needed not only in our personal lives but in our world. The people in this region of the world have great need as they continue to rebuild their lives and Church communities in a post-Soviet society," said Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, chairman of the Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. "Participating in this collection is a tangible way for us to be a sign of mercy for those who struggle to practice the faith. Your continued support makes a real difference and is greatly appreciated."
Shareable resources to promote the collection can be found at: www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/central-and-eastern-europe/collection/index.cfm
Keywords: Central and Eastern Europe, children with disabilities, mediation training, Russia, Armenia, Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, grants, stewardship, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, post-Soviet society.
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Norma Montenegro Flynn
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