Domestic Needs Combined Collection 2023
Announcement Weekend — August 19 and 20
Next weekend, our Diocesan Domestic Needs Combined Collection will be conducted in all parishes throughout our Diocese. Gifts to this one Collection fund the ministries of six Catholic Appeals as they work to strengthen the Church and Her people here in the United States.
Next weekend, the Domestic Needs Collection, one of our Diocesan Special Combined Collections, will be conducted in every parish and mission throughout our 14 counties. Catholic Campaign for Human Development funds programs in communities across the United States by giving a hand up, rather than a handout. The Catholic Home Mission Appeal gives grant money to dioceses in the United States who struggle to meet basic pastoral needs. Catholic Communication Campaign provides grants to Catholic organizations that help spread the Good News through social networking sites, podcasts, television, radio and print media. The Black and Indian Mission Appeal helps to maintain a Catholic presence within our Black faith communities. The Catholic University of America and our own local institution, Thomas More University, helps to bring success and experience while educating students in the spirit of faith. Please give to support these very important collections and help to Strengthen Your Church at Home.
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL:
That through our prayers and generosity, the programs supported by our gifts to the Diocesan Domestic Needs Appeal will strengthen our Church throughout the United States, and will bring the Good News of God’s love and hope to all … Let us pray to the Lord.
For our Holy Father, Pope Francis, Bishop Iffert, and all Church leaders, that they will continue to proclaim Christ’s love and compassion for the poor as they educate the Church about the need to work for justice in the world … Let us pray to the Lord.
Collection Weekend — August 26 and 27
Today, our second Collection will support the ministries of six Catholic organizations: The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the Catholic Home Mission Appeal, the Catholic Communication Campaign, the National Collection for Black and Indian Missions, The Catholic University of America and Thomas More University. Your one gift will help men, women and children throughout the United States and will support evangelization efforts that will continue to Strengthen Your Church at Home.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development helps fund groups that create lasting change to our poor in the United States. Poorer parishes in the Dioceses are classified as Home Missions. Many dioceses right here in the United States do not have enough priests to serve poorer parishes and cannot provide for the needs of their parish communities. These parishes are helped through our Catholic Home Missions Appeal. The Catholic Communication Campaign is how we get the Good News to you through various means of networking. The collection for the Black and Indian Missions helps our Black Americans with tuition aid and registration fees for school and also helps to maintain a Catholic presence within our Black faith community. The Catholic University and Thomas More University bring success and experience while educating students in the spirit of faith. Please give to the Domestic Needs Combined Collection. Your prayers and generosity will help your brothers and sisters throughout the United States. Remember your one gift supports six Collections.
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL:
That we, the people of God, will open our hearts and souls to justice so that we will speak and act in ways that will eliminate poverty and share the Good News with our brothers and sisters in Christ and to live our lives in service to one another … Let us pray to the Lord.
Follow-up Weekend — Sept. 2 and 3
Thanks to each of you who supported the Diocesan Domestic Needs Collection last weekend. Due to your generosity, our parish will help to bring the “Good News” of Christ’s love and compassion to our brothers and sisters throughout the United States and to strengthen the work of our Church here at home.
Thank you to members of our parish that donated last weekend to support the ministries of six Catholic organizations that are combined into one Diocesan Domestic Needs Collection. You helped to support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Communication Campaign, Catholic Home Missions Appeal, The Catholic University of America, The National Black and Indian Mission Collection and our own Thomas More University. May God bless you for your generosity. Your gifts will fund media programming and projects that promote Gospel values. It will help college students’ dreams come true by providing tuition assistance, give a hand up to those living in poverty, with assisting Catholics in remote and poor mission territories to live out their faith under difficult circumstances. Your donation will fund evangelization programs that otherwise may be in danger of disappearing among the Black American, American Indian, Eskimo and Aleut communities within the United States. If you have not made your gift to Strengthen Your Church at Home, please do so today or next weekend. Make your check payable to the Domestic Needs Collection. Thank you in advance for strengthening the work of our Church here at home
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL:
For more than 43 million people in our country who experience the pain and suffering of poverty every day, may we join with them to share their burden and at the same time work to create more just communities … Let us pray to the Lord.
For all who work to address poverty in this country and for our own parish community and Diocese, that we may follow Christ’s example of love and solidarity with the poor … Let us pray to the Lord.