DIOCESAN AND NATIONAL SECOND COLLECTIONS
BLACK AND INDIAN MISSIONS
Mandated in 1884, this Collection has changed the landscape of evangelization and education efforts for Native Americans, Alaskan Americans and African Americans throughout the United States. Our financial support of the Collection is the mechanism that affects the Church’s evangelization efforts. We all agree that never have the needs for the Native Americans, Alaskan Americans and African Americans communities been so great. History tells us that lasting change to a community can all come through faith, hope and charity.
CHURCH IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
Each year, the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe assists Catholics, many of whom live in countries once dominated by the Soviet regime, with rebuilding their communities. This important collection supports 28 countries in a myriad of ways, from providing funds to rebuild church structures to supporting programs that lift up the dignity of the marginalized to offering scholarships that reinforce the intellectual life of the Church. By supporting this collection online or at Mass, you help to build the future for the faithful in this region.
CHURCH IN LATIN AMERICA
For over 50 years, the Collection for the Church in Latin America has been an expression of the solidarity of the Church in the United States with the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Collection for the Church in Latin America was able to help fund training for 65 pastoral ministers for some of these communities. Because of your support, these new leaders continue to reach out and serve the rural areas, ensuring all feel included in our family of faith.
CENTRAL AMERICA: DIOCESE OF TRUJILLO AND NICARAGUA
Funds from this second collection go to support our efforts in the Diocese of Trujillo for ongoing catechesis and education, which includes the use of Catholic Radio to reach those living in more remote areas, as well as the building up of schools that also help the local economy. Funds are also given for medical missions to both Honduras and Nicaragua, as well as supporting our mission trip efforts to the area. Through the generosity of our diocese, we are able to continue to support them pastorally, financially, and spiritually.
THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA
Nearly one third of the bishops, archbishops, and cardinals in the U. S.are alumni of the Catholic University of America, along with over 12,000 priests and religious from around the world, including some from this diocese. Located in Washington, D.C., the University provides an education based in Catholic intellectual tradition to almost 7,000 students through its 12 schools. Your contributions will strengthen the work of our top scholars and support scholarships for students in our diocese and others in achieving our mission of preparing the next generation of leadership for our Church and nation – including those studying to become our future priests and religious.
The Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land have the unique responsibility of caring for the Holy Places as well as caring for the Christians living in the Holy Land. It is vital that we care for the Christians living in the Holy Land in order to maintain a Christian presence in a land that is filled with a majority Islamic and Jewish population. Normally held every year on Good Friday but moved to September this year, this collection is taken up in Catholic Churches to support the work of the Franciscans working in the Holy Land.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
World Mission Sunday, our annual worldwide Eucharistic celebration for the Missions and missionaries of the world, will be on October 18th. This collection is a unique, global effort for the entire Church to provide for the building up of over one thousand local churches in Asia and Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe. Through the work of these churches, and their witness to Christ, the poor receive practical help and experience God's love and mercy, His hope and peace.
THE DIOCESAN PRIEST RETIRMENT FUND
The Diocesan Priest Retirement Fund provides for the futures of our local priests, men who have given their lives in priestly service to the Church. The Diocese of Dallas is committed to caring for our retired priests. Please support our retired priests by contributing generously to the second collection.
THE CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. CCHD offers a hand up, not a hand out.
RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS
The National Religious Retirement Office coordinates the annual Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR) collection and distributes the proceeds to eligible religious communities. More than 32,000 elderly sisters, and religious order priests and brothers benefit. The RFR underwrites financial assistance, consultation, and education that help religious communities meet the immediate and ongoing needs of aging members. Roughly 94 percent of donations directly aid senior religious and their communities. The remainder is used for administration and promotion of the nationwide appeal.