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Support the Catholic Home Missions Appeal (April 24-25)


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, public Masses were suspended across the country at the time of the 2020 Catholic Home Missions Appeal (CHMA). Unfortunately, this significantly impacted the Appeal, resulting in a decrease of more than 63% in funds collected from the prior year. However, as the pandemic continues across the world, the Catholic Home Missions Appeal has remained faithful in providing vital assistance to 87 dioceses and eparchies across the United States, its territories, and several former territories in the Pacific. Without these funds, these dioceses and eparchies would not be able to minister to their parishioners in all the ways that are needed. Please prayerfully consider contributing to this year’s Catholic Home Missions Appeal in many parishes on April 24-25. Amid so many great needs, we are especially grateful for your support. If you are unable to participate in the collection at your parish but wish to support it, you can by mailing your contribution to:


Catholic Home Missions
Office of National Collections
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 
P. O. Box 96278 
Washington DC 20090-6278


Make your check or money order payable to "Catholic Home Missions Appeal." If you wish to review our latest Annual Report, you can view it online here.
 

Transparency Documents

The Committee on National Collections is grateful for the generous donations of parishioners across the country to the various annual appeals. It is committed to transparency and accountability on the use of those funds. See how your gifts were used by reviewing our most recent annual reports.

Guidelines

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 
 

2021/2022 National Collection Schedule

The Pope Francis Effect

USCCB National Collections partnered with Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) to conduct a survey on 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.

CARA Report -- Online Giving

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). 

Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund

Prompted by Hurricane Laura and the California wildfires, on September 3, 2020, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, requested that bishops across the country consider taking up a voluntary special collection for the humanitarian, long-term recovery, and Church needs arising from the increasing number of natural disasters in the United States.

The funds collected in this special appeal will become part of the Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund and will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA and/or Catholic Relief Services, the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church, as they and their local agencies respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter, and medical care, and aid in long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts; and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church.

Funds will be used in response to Hurricane Laura and any other disasters that occur and will be distributed where they are most needed. However, if such purpose(s) become unnecessary, impractical or impossible to fill, USCCB may use such contributions for other emergency disaster relief where it is most needed as determined by the Committee on National Collections using its emergency response protocol.

"Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.Luke 6:38

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 improving lives.

The bishops encourage us to view the national collections in the light of stewardship and of sharing. God has given us our light and our prosperity, all we need and more. It is right and just that we give something back through these collections, helping people in our own country and around the world to live better and to grow in the love of Jesus.  

One Church. One Mission. Real Lives.

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