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Collection for the Church in Latin America

In Peru, the 14 villages of Chazuta, in Moyobamba, are all located away from the city center, with the most remote only accessible by boat. The faithful in these communities do not have access to catechetical formation, and members often feel separated from the life of the Church. Through a grant from the Collection for the Church in Latin America, the religious congregation of the Missionaries of Jesus provided faith formation, spiritual retreats, and workshops to nearly 250 people. Upon completion, participants were better equipped to help others deepen their faith and answer questions. The program also renewed their sense of commitment to their parishes and created stronger bonds within their families. Through this program, members of the Chazuta villages felt the love and support of the universal Church. Please support programs like these in this collection.

For more info, please visit usccb.org/latin-america.

Restore the Church and build the future

On Ash Wednesday, February 10, we will take up the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe (CCEE). This collection supports Catholic organizations that provide affordable shelter and training for seminarians in a region that still struggles from the effects of Soviet rule. By providing pastoral care, catechesis, and funding for building renovations, your donations help restore the Church and build the future in the region. Please give generously to the collection next week. Visit usccb.org/ccee.

How the CCEE works for the people

In Armenia, the recovery from a devastating earthquake in the late 1980s and the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s has been difficult and slow. Many children in Armenia live on the street because of poor family situations or the need to earn their own money. The Sisters of the Immaculate Conception have used a grant from CCEE to fund a summer camp for 850 children ages 8 to 15.

The camp is provided for children who are orphans, live in extreme poverty, or live in poor isolated villages. At camp, the children receive much-needed rest along with physical and spiritual support, all in a nurturing environment. Local and international volunteers help create an atmosphere of safety and trust while guiding and mentoring the children. Some of the camp activities include attending catechetical classes, going hiking and on field trips, and participating in sports and acting in theatrical presentations. While at camp, the children can experience the encouraging love and support of God and others.

Jan. 30-31 collection for the Church in Latin America

In Peru, the 14 villages of Chazuta, in Moyobamba, are all located away from the city center, with the most remote only accessible by boat. The faithful in these communities do not have access to catechetical formation, and members often feel separated from the life of the Church. Through a grant from the Collection for the Church in Latin America, the religious congregation of the Missionaries of Jesus provided faith formation, spiritual retreats, and workshops to nearly 250 people. Upon completion, participants were better equipped to help others deepen their faith and answer questions. The program also renewed their sense of commitment to their parishes and created stronger bonds within their families. Through this program, members of the Chazuta villages felt the love and support of the universal Church. Please support programs like these in this collection.

For more info, please visit usccb.org/latin-america.

Campaign for Human Development

On the weekend of Nov. 8, a collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will help to uphold the dignity of human life by breaking the cycle of poverty across the United States through grants to local community groups who create jobs, improve education, and strengthen neighborhoods. A quarter of the CCHD collection remains with the Archdiocese of Boston to fund local anti-poverty projects. Three-quarters of the collection support national grant and education programs. (Learn more at USCCB.org.)

Upcoming collection for Retired Religious

The Nov. 22 collection is for Retired Religious Sisters. Now in its 23rd year, this collection provides needed financial support for religious communities who have served the Archdiocese of Boston as educators and health care and social service providers. Please give generously in recognition of the Sisters’ years of dedicated service. For more info, please contact Sister Marian Batho at (617) 746-5637 or sr_marian_batho@rcab.org.

Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette to visit next week

The Parish will welcome Rev. John Sullivan, a missionary of Our Lady of La Salette, to celebrate Masses and speak to parishioners on August 8-9. The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette minister to people of every race, language, culture, and way of life–beginning at their shrine in France where the Blessed Mother appeared in 1846. Her final words to the children, Maximin and Melanie, were “Well, my children, you will make this known to all my people,” echoing Jesus’ Gospel mandate. It is little wonder that the La Salette Congregation has always been mission orientated. When called upon by the Vatican to preach in foreign lands, they eagerly responded. This spirit brought them to the poor in Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Haiti, India, Madagascar, Myanmar, the Phillipines, and many other countries.

A special collection will be scheduled on these days to support this proud and accomplished organization. With your help, the Missionaries will continue to provide spiritual and financial assistance to mission countries as they bring God’s reconciling message to the poor.

Next week’s collection is for CRS

The humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church in the United States is also one of the largest and busiest relief agencies in the world. Catholic Relief Services (CRS.org) has been at ground zero for some of humanity’s most terrible crises.

CRS responders actively tend to earthquake victims in Nepal and Haiti, refugees from Ukraine and Syria, and drought-stricken families in the Horn of Africa.

Twenty-five percent of annual contributions to their popular Rice Bowl program go to hunger– and poverty-alleviation initiatives in American dioceses.

What is CRS doing right now?

  • In strife-torn Gaza, a cash-for-work program pays people to help rebuild damaged and destroyed properties
  • In Albania, a joint-operation with Caritas assists the government to stop a wave of human trafficking and to help victims return to safety
  • In Tanzania, partner groups are trained to distribute toys to children to nurture social, muscle, sensory, and intellectual development

On August 1-2, please consider making a donation to CRS, and thank you for reaching out to those in desperate need of kindness and salvation.

Early August collection is for Catholic Relief Services

The Second Collection on August 1-2 supports Catholic Relief Services

The humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church is also one of the largest and busiest relief agencies in the world. Catholic Relief Services has been at ground zero for some of humanity’s most terrible crises. CRS responders actively tend to earthquake victims in Nepal and Haiti, refugees from Ukraine and Syria, and drought-stricken families in the Horn of Africa. Twenty-five percent of contributions to their popular Rice Bowl program go to hunger– and poverty-alleviation initiatives in American dioceses.

On August 1-2, please consider making a donation to CRS, and thank you for reaching out to those in desperate need of kindness and salvation.

Learn more at CRS.org

How your donations help Nepal

Contributions received from this weekend’s emergency collection (May 9-10) for earthquake victims in Nepal support the relief efforts of Catholic Relief Services and Caritas Nepal. Both organizations are sending water treatment kits, shelter kits, hygiene kits, tarpaulins, and blankets to thousands of families in the region. Supplies are flown into the crowded airport in Kathmandu, loaded on trucks, and taken to people in outlying areas. Thank you for your customary generosity with this critical mission. To get updates from Nepal, visit CRS.ORG.

Crisis in Nepal: emergency collection for relief efforts

Cardinal Seán O’Malley has authorized a special collection, to be taken in our Parish on the weekend of May 9-10, in support of relief efforts to areas devastated by the powerful earthquake that struck Nepal this past Saturday.

All monies collected will be distributed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and other agencies working in partnership with the local church to meet urgent relief efforts. CRS personnel have landed in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, to help thousands of people affected by the destructive earthquake. The initial targets will be those in need of shelter. Many buildings were destroyed or damaged by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Aftershocks have caused widespread fear among the population of sleeping inside of even intact buildings.

Parishioners are asked to address any check donations to St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish with “Nepal Collection 2015” in the memo. You can also make online donations directly to CRS.org. Thank you for your kind response to this emergency operation!