Special Collection Information

Special Collections 2017

January 15, 2017-Special Collection Sunday: This week's second collection is for assistance to Urban Parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston experiencing financial hardship and who struggle to sustain their mission and meet their financial obligations.

January 22, 2017-Church in Latin American: This week’s second collection supports various pastoral projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The Collection for the Church in Latin America funds the work of evangelization, formation of laity, religious and seminarians, as well as youth ministry and catechesis. Please visit www.usccb.org/catholicgiving/opportunities-for-giving/latinamerica/index.cfm for more information.

January 29, 2017-Catholic Schools Week: 

March 1, 2017 (Ash Wednesday)-Church in Africa, Central & Eastern Europe: This week’s collection supports the Church in Africa and in Central and Eastern Europe. These collections help the Church spread God’s Word and train Church leaders of tomorrow, help needy families materially and spiritually, rebuild churches that have fallen into disrepair, and support the sisters and brothers who have suffered for the faith. For more information, please visit www.usccb.org/catholicgiving/opportunities-for-giving/solidarityfund-for-africa/collection/index.cfm, and www.usccb.org/catholicgiving/opportunities-for-giving/central-andeastern-europe/collection/index.cfm.

?? St. Vincent de Paul Society: Our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society has only one collection annually, although they are committed to charitable projects throughout the year. In collaboration with other outreach organizations they seek to support those in need within the Hingham community on a person to person basis. This support may be an intervention, a consultation or more often, through direct dollar or in kind service. Your generosity in past years enabled the Society to help with overdue rent, gas, electric, water and oil bills. As followers of St. Vincent de Paul, our parish Vincentians understand his spirituality: “The poor are your masters and you are their servants.” In the spirit of the Lenten Season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we ask that you prayerfully consider a donation to the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Your generosity makes a significant difference within the Hingham community! THANK YOU!

April 14, 2017 (Good Friday)-Holy Land Shrines: The Good Friday collection supports the sacred places and the educational, charitable and peace-seeking ministries of the Church in the Holy Land.

April 16, 2017 (Easter Sunday)-Easter Collection: Clergy Health and Retirement Trust: The Easter Collection supports the retirement, medical and financial needs of priests of the Archdiocese of Boston. These priests have given their lives to faithfully serve Christ, the Church, and you. Please be generous to this important collection. For more information, please visit www.clergyfunds.org.

April 23, 2017-Military Archdiocese, Home Missions, and Black & Native American: This week’s second collection supports three important national Catholic missions. The Military Archdiocese collection provides for Catholic chaplains throughout the world for American servicemen and servicewomen. The Home Missions collection subsidizes the evangelization and formation activities of mission dioceses. The Black and Native American collection strengthens evangelization and outreach programs that serve the Native American, Alaska Native, and Black Catholic communities in the United States. For more information, please visit www.milarch.org,    www.usccb.org/cath olic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/catholichome-missions-appeal/index.cfm, and blackandindianmission.org/.

May 28, 2017-The Catholic Relief Services Collection: This week’s second collection for Catholic Relief Services supports emergency relief, human development, and peace initiatives in countries around the world. The funds from this Collection provide food to the hungry, services for victims of human trafficking, support to displaced refugees, and show Christ’s love and respect to all people. The collection funds the ministries of six Catholic Church organizations: Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Migration and Refugee Services (MRS), the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development, the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, and the Holy Father’s Relief Fund. For more information, please visit www.usccb.org/crscollection.

June 4, 2017 (Pentecost)-Seminarians: This week’s second collection supports the formation and training of seminarians in the Archdiocese of Boston for service, we pray, as future priests. We are blessed that many are responding to the call to serve as priests. Please be generous and support these seminarians on their journey toward their ordination to the priesthood. For more information, please visit www.VocationsBoston.org.

June 25, 2017-Peter's Pence: This week’s second collection, for the Peter's Pence, enables the Holy Father to respond with emergency financial assistance to requests for aid to needy throughout the world - those who suffer as a result of war, oppression, and natural disasters. Please visit www.usccb.org/ppc for more information.

August 6, 2017-Communications: This week’s second collection supports the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC). If Jesus Christ were on earth today, how would he spread his message of salvation? Wouldn’t he use all communication vehicles to share the Good News? The CCC believes Jesus would use as many means as possible, and that is why it supports projects that use the entire array of media tools available today to evangelize and promote Gospel values. Please visit www.usccb.org/catholicgiving/opportunities-for-giving/catholiccommunication-campaign/index.cfm for more information. 50% of the collection remains at the parish to promote local communication efforts, such as website technology and bulletins.

September 3, 2017-Catholic University of America: This week’s second collection supports The Catholic University of America (CUA) and its scholarship fund for needy students. CUA, located in Washington, D.C., is the national university of the Catholic Church. Many priests and professional lay ministers throughout the US obtain their education from CUA. For more information, please visit www.cua.edu.

September 17, 2017-Clergy Health and Retirement Trust: This week’s second collection supports the retirement, medical and financial needs of priests of the Archdiocese of Boston. These priests have given their lives to faithfully serve Christ, the Church, and you. Please be generous to this important collection. For more information, please visit www.clergyfunds.org.

October 22, 2016-World Mission Sunday: This week’s second collection supports Catholic World Missions. By Baptism, all Catholics are called to participate in the mission of the Church and share their faith as missionaries. World Mission Sunday gathers support for the pastoral and evangelization programs and needs of more than 1,150 mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and remote regions of Latin America. The funds gathered on World Mission Sunday are distributed in the pope’s name by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith—a Pontifical Mission Society. Please visit www.propfaithboston.org for more information

November 5, 2017-Campaign for Human Development: This week’s second collection is for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), which works to uphold the dignity of human life by breaking the cycle of poverty across the United States through grants to local community-based groups who create jobs, improve education, and strengthen neighborhoods. Twenty-five percent of the CCHD collection stays in the Archdiocese of Boston to fund local anti-poverty projects; seventy-five percent supports national grant and education programs. For more information, please visit www.usccb.org/cchd.

November 19, 2017-Collection for Retired Religious Sisters: Today’s second collection is used to assist religious communities to provide for the retirement and health care needs of Sisters who have served in the Archdiocese. Please take this opportunity to say thank you to the Sisters who have served the Church of Boston so generously for so many years. Your contribution does make a difference. For more information, please contact Sister Marian Batho, CSJ, Delegate for Religious at 617-746-5637 or Sr_Marian_Batho@rcab.org.

December 25, 2017 (Christmas Day)-Christmas Collection: Clergy Health & Retirement Trust: Merry Christmas from all the priests of the Archdiocese of Boston. The Christmas Collection supports the retirement, medical and financial needs of priests of the Archdiocese of Boston. These priests have given their lives to faithfully serve Christ, the Church, and you. Please be generous to this important collection. For more information, please visit www.clergyfunds.org.