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Upcoming Collections

April 29, 2018  –  Home Missions/Native & Black American

May 6, 2018   –   Parish Insurance Collection

May 10, 2018   –   Ascension

May 27   –   Catholic Communications

 

Upcoming collection for Retired Religious – Nov 18, 2018

The Nov. 18 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.

Campaign for Human Development – Nov 4, 2018

On the weekend of Nov. 4, 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.)

Collection for CRS – August 5, 2018

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 5, please consider making a donation to CRS, and thank you for reaching out to those in desperate need of kindness and salvation.

In support of retired priests

Next week, the diocese-wide collection for the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust will support the health and well-being of our 628 Boston priests.

Our priests have been there when we needed them. Now, it is our turn to help fulfill the promises made to ensure the highest quality of care and quality of life for them when they need us.

All are welcome to make a gift online at clergyfunds.org or use the in-pew envelopes provided.

Be sure to watch the short video at clergyfunds.org to see how your contributions help to support Regina Cleri, the residence for Senior Priests in Boston, which is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Thank you in advance for your generous and prayerful support of our priests.

The following are Senior Priests who have served faithfully at St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish. Please consider remembering them in your prayers when contributing to our second collection.

Reverend Edward L. Gallagher, Jr.

Reverend Robert R. Kennedy

Reverend Robert S. Mottau

Reverend Robert E. Nee

Reverend Robert J. Boyle

Reverend James B. Canniff

Reverend Francis J. Cloherty

Reverend Monsignor Michael F. Groden

Reverend Joseph Martin

Reverend Gerry Fraser

Seminary Offering on June 3, 2018

This collection supports the formation and training of seminarians in the Archdiocese of Boston for future service as priests. We are blessed that many are responding to the call to serve. Please be generous and support these seminarians on their journey toward ordination to the priesthood. For more information, please visit VocationsBoston.org.

Catholic Communication – May 27, 2018

This collection supports the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC). The CCC develops media programming, projects, and resources that promote Gospel values. Fifty percent supports the development and production of national media programming, while the other 50% of the collection will remain at the Parish to support local communication efforts, such as website technology and bulletins. Please visit usccb.org/ccc for more information.

Coming to the aid of priest-chaplains – April 29, 2018

This collection supports Catholic military priest-chaplains through our Home Missions collection. Priest-Chaplains bless our troops with the healing power of the sacraments and good counsel—and they need your support!

About 250 Catholic chaplains serve on active duty. They minister to Catholics in the armed forces and U.S. military academies. Another 250 Catholic chaplains specifically serve patients in 153 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Despite increased demand, the ranks of active-duty Catholic priest-chaplains have dropped due to priests reaching retirement faster than they can be replaced. Catholics make up roughly 25% of the military, but only 8% of chaplains are Catholic. Often, our young Catholic servicemen and women turn to other denominations for pastoral care due to a lack of Catholic priests.

The Home Missions collection also supports the call to evangelize active-duty young adults, for those who meet the pastoral care of this young generation, and for those who need to hear the Word of God proclaimed boldly and authentically.

Next week is for the Church in Latin America

Next week’s second collection supports the Church in Latin America (CLA). The CLA provides support for pastoral projects to financially poor dioceses in Latin America and the Caribbean. CLA funds programs for catechism, lay leadership, youth ministry, evangelization, formation, clergy, and religious. Your generosity encourages and enriches the lives of the faithful who are faced with the challenges of violence and poverty. To learn more, visit usccb.org/latinamerica.

Collection for Clergy Fund

Every Christmas, we join together to honor our priests. The Clergy Funds provide for the well-being of our 638 priests, ensuring the highest quality of care and quality of life for the men who have dedicated their lives in service to our Archdiocese. Remember the priests who were there for you and your loved ones in times of need, and consider honoring them with a generous gift. Thank you for helping to keep the promises made for the priests who continue to give so much to their Church. (ClergyFunds.org)