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WASHINGTON—The annual Catholic Relief Services Collection will be held in most parishes on Laetare Sunday, March 26with the theme, "Help Jesus in Disguise."
"The needs of our world are great, and the effects of this collection are far-reaching.," said Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of Mobile, Alabama, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on National Collections. "Through this collection we humbly respond to the suffering Christ who comes to us bearing the face of the vulnerable refugee, the immigrant family, the rejected poor, and the abandoned stranger. We serve these, our brothers and sisters, because by doing so we serve Christ."
Entities within the USCCB that receive support include: the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, the Department of Justice Peace and Human Development, and the Department of Migration and Refugee Services. Other Catholic Church organizations that receive funds are: Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and the Holy Father's Relief Fund. The USCCB Administrative Committee is responsible for grant-making from this national collection.
More information about The Catholic Relief Services Collection is available at www.usccb.org/catholic-relief. Shareable resources for the collection can be found at: www.usccb.org/catholic-relief/collection.
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