DIOCESAN AND NATIONAL SECOND COLLECTIONS
CENTRAL AMERICA: HONDURAS (DIOCESE OF TRUJILLO) AND NICARAGUA – January 2-3, 2021
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, and support our mission trip efforts in the area. Through the generosity of our diocese, we are able to continue to support them pastorally, financially, and spiritually.
CHURCH IN LATIN AMERICA – January 23-24, 2021
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.
CHURCH IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE – February 17, 2021 (Ash Wednesday)
Each year, the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe (CCEE) 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 taking up this collection at Mass, you help to build the future for the faithful in this region.
BLACK AND INDIAN MISSIONS – February 20-21, 2021
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.
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES – March 13-14, 2021
The mission of Catholic Relief Services] is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Although our mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, our operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity. Within the United States, CRS engages Catholics to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and suffering people of the world...
HOLY LAND – April 2, 2021 – Good Friday
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.
CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS – April 24-25, 2021
The United States] bishops' Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions is a grant-making agency. It offers financial support to missionary activities that strengthen the Catholic Church in the United States, and in its territories and former territories. Through its annual fundraising campaign, the Catholic Home Missions Appeal, Catholic Home Missions educates American Catholics about mission needs and invites them to assist fellow Catholics in the practice of the faith.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF DALLAS – May 15-16, 2021
The Time for Giving campaign is the annual campaign of Catholic Charities Dallas that funds the mission, programs and future of the organization. Your gift can help those in need.
CATHOLIC COMMUNICATIONS CAMPAIGN – May 22-23, 2021
Through Internet, social networks, television, radio, and print, the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) helps the Church spread the Gospel message through the media locally and nationally. Half of all donations to the CCC collected in the Diocese of Dallas stay in our diocese to support our local communications needs, such as radio and television programming, including televised Masses, and diocesan publications.
The CCC provides ongoing support for the USCCB website, video productions including the reflections on the daily readings, and content development for many of the USCCB's media platforms.
HOLY FATHER’S ANNUAL COLLECTION (PETER’S PENCE) – June 26-27, 2021
The Peter's Pence Collection unites us in solidarity to the Holy See and its works of charity to those in need. Your generosity allows the Pope to respond to our suffering brothers and sisters. The purpose of the Peter's Pence Collection is to provide the Holy Father with the financial means to respond to those who are suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease.
CHURCH IN AFRICA – July 17-18, 2021
Africa faces the economic and social hurdles of enormous debt, epidemic, severe poverty, and political unrest. In spite of these challenges, the Church in Africa has almost tripled in size in the past 30 years. However, it is difficult for the church to sustain its growth and maintain essential pastoral outreach.
The Fund provides grants to finance pastoral projects including outreach programs, schools, evangelization, and education of clergy and lay ministers. Our solidarity is necessary to help the "salt of the Earth" Church in Africa realize its potential as a "light of the world”.
CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA – September 4-5, 2021
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.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY – October 23-24, 2021
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 – October 30-31, 2021
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.
CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT- November 20-21, 2021
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 – December 11-12, 2021
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.
Note: The edited descriptions for national collections are taken from the USCCB website.