These facts are for 2014 unless otherwise noted.
TheCatholic Church is able to carry out its good works in large part due to the
generosity of her people. Catholics financially support their Church primarily
through the Sunday offertory collection; annual bishops' appeals, which support
diocesan-sponsored causes; and 10 national collections approved by the U. S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops.
the course of the year, many dioceses participate in 10 national collections approved
by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for specific needs of the Church.
These collections are taken up in parishes often as a second collection after
the Sunday offertory.
Central and Eastern Europe
This special collection aids many of the pastoral needs of the Church of
Central and Eastern Europe. The collection helps to rebuild the Church by
supporting seminaries, social service programs, youth ministry, pastoral
centers, church construction and renovation, and the transmission of the Gospel
message through television, radio, and the Catholic press in 28 countries. In
2014, U.S. Catholics contributed $7.4
the Central and Eastern Europe collection. More information can be found here.
Relief Services Collection
This appeal supports agencies that build the international social ministry
of the Catholic Church through advocacy on behalf of the powerless and
impoverished people and relief and resettlement services to victims of natural
disasters, war, and religious and ethnic persecution. This collection helps to
fund the work of Catholic Relief Services, the USCCB Departments of Justice,
Peace and Human Development, Migration and Refugee Services and Cultural
Diversity in the Church, the relief work of the Pope, and the Catholic Legal
Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). In 2014, U.S. Catholics contributed $16.2 million to
the Catholic Relief Services collection. More information can be found here.
for Human Development
This collection was mandated by the U.S. bishops to "address the root
causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of
community-controlled, self-help organizations and transformative
education." Since its establishment in 1970, CCHD has granted more than
$270 million to more than 4,000 community-based, self-help projects initiated
and led by people living in poverty. Twenty-five percent of contributions from
U.S. Catholics is retained by dioceses to fund local grants and 75 percent is
sent to the national office at the USCCB to fund projects from around the
nation. In 2014, U.S. Catholics contributed $10.7 million
to the Campaign for Human Development collection.More information can be found at here.
This campaign produces and supports media projects that promote Gospel
values and bring the Catholic Church's message to television, radio and other
media, and through special projects of the Catholic press. An annual collection
is taken up in the dioceses, which remit 50% of the funds collected to the
national office. From these funds, grants are made following recommendations by
the USCCB Communications Committee. The remaining portion of the collection is
retained by the dioceses for use in local communication projects. In 2014, U.S.
Catholics contributed $3.6 million to
support diocesan and national media efforts.More information can be found at here.
Home Missions Appeal
Launched in 1998, the Appeal
strengthens the Catholic Church in the United States and its territories where
resources are thin and priests are few. Current grantees include 84 Latin and
Eastern Catholic dioceses in Appalachia, the South, the Southwest, the Rocky
Mountain states, Alaska, and the islands of the Pacific and Caribbean. The
appeal funds a wide range of pastoral services, including evangelization,
religious education, the maintenance of mission parishes, the training of
seminarians and lay ministers, and ministry with ethnic groups, especially
Hispanics. Four out of every 10 U.S. dioceses receive support from this Appeal.
In 2014, U.S. Catholics contributed $9.1
the Catholic Home Mission Appeal collection.More information can be found here.
Support for various pastoral projects throughout Latin America and the
Caribbean is made possible through the Collection for the Church in Latin
America. Projects are at the continental, regional, diocesan and local levels,
and include the work of evangelization, formation of laity, religious and
seminarians, as well as youth ministry and catechesis. Funding is limited to
programmatic expenses and excludes building construction. It was established by
the U.S. bishops in 1965. In 2014, U.S. Catholics contributed $6.9 million
to the Church in Latin America collection.More information can be found here.
Pence (Collection for the Holy Father)
The Peter's Pence Collection enables the Pope to respond with emergency
financial assistance to requests for aid to the neediest throughout the world –
those who suffer as a result of war, oppression and natural disasters. It
provides parishioners with a tangible opportunity not only to empower the weak,
defenseless, and voiceless, but also to sustain those who suffer. In 2014, U.S.
Catholics contributed $ 15.8 million
to the Peter's Pence collection.
Fund for Religious
bishops in the United States launched the Retirement Fund for Religious in 1988
to address the profound deficit in retirement funding among U.S. religious
communities. The NRRO coordinates the annual collection and distributes the
proceeds to eligible communities. In 2014, U.S. Catholics contributed $28.3 million to the Retirement Fund
for Religious collection.
As a result of the 2014 Retirement Fund for Religious collection, the
NRRO awarded $25 million in Direct Care Assistance to 395 religious
communities, or an average of $1,310 for every member of an eligible Catholic
religious community who is age 70 or older. By 2024, it is projected that religious
members age 70 and over will outnumber those under age 70 by four to one.  More information can be found here.
in 1884, the National Collection for Black and Indian Missions supports and
strengthens diocesan evangelization programs which otherwise would cease. This
collection provides religious support for evangelization programs among African
Americans, Native Americans, and Alaskan natives in dioceses across the United
In 2013, U.S. Catholics contributed about $7
million to the Black and Indian Missions collection.
information can be found here
Fund for the Church in Africa
national effort that is not officially a collection but is approved by the
USCCB and taken up in many dioceses is the Solidarity Fund for the Church in
Africa. This special fund supports the future of the Church in Africa by
funding grants for projects that range from Catholic education to
evangelization. Programs supported by the Solidarity Fund work to overcome
current challenges and ensure that the quickly growing African Church continues
to thrive within its vibrant faith communities. The Pastoral Solidarity Fund for the Church in
Africa began as a joint project of
the USCCB Committees on International Policy, Migration, and African American
Catholics, supported by Catholic Relief Services and the Society for the
Propagation of the Faith in the United States. On January 1, 2008, it became
part of the Committee on National Collections with the Subcommittee on the
Church in Africa leading the effort. In 2014, U.S. Catholics contributed $2.2 million to the Solidarity Fund for
the Church in Africa.
More information can be found here.
Catholic University of America
national collection provides funding for academic scholarships at The Catholic
University of America in Washington. Catholic University, founded in 1887, is
the only institution of higher education founded by the U.S. bishops. Students
are enrolled from all 50 states and almost 100 countries. For the fiscal year
2014, U.S. Catholics contributed $5.8
to the Catholic University of America collection.
Conference of Catholic Bishops, Office of National Collections.
press release 8/4/2014, www.usccb.org/news/2014/14-136.cfm
 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Religious Office, 2015.
 Frequently asked questions, www.retiredreligious.org/about/faq.html
(accessed on 07/17/15)
 The Black
and Indian Mission Office, 2014.
Conference of Catholic Bishops,"Who we
Are," Solidarity fund for Africa,
 The Catholic University of America, August 2014.