DIOCESAN AND NATIONAL SECOND COLLECTIONS
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.