Special Collections

Several weeks throughout the year the Archdiocese of Boston has designated as special collections in order to "more effectively carry out our mission as Catholics" and "to support important initiatives throughout our Archdiocese."

For 2018, we heard from the Archdiocese offices that opportunities were identified to strategically look at the collections in light of the mission of the Catholic Church and not as individual collections. In doing so, collections were grouped to reduce the number of special collections from 17 to 10, combined under common mission categories.

 

February 2018

Catholic Charities: February 14, 2018 (Ash Wednesday)
This Ash Wednesday, a special collection will be taken up for Catholic Charities of Boston. Catholic Charities works to serve nearly 200,000 families and individuals annually throughout the Archdiocese and help put them on a path to self-sustainability. Our services provide food and utility assistance, quality child care, academically enriching programming for at risk youth, and adult education. We welcome refugees and provide immigrants with high quality, low cost legal services, and offer temporary and transitional housing for individuals and families. We invite you to begin your Lenten alms-giving journey with us on Ash Wednesday. On behalf of those we serve thank you in advance for your generosity. For more information, please visit www.ccab.org.

March 2018

St. Vincent de Paul Society*: March 25, 2018 (Palm Sunday)
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!

Holy Land Shrines: March 30, 2018 (Good Friday)
Good Friday’s collection for the Holy Land is, in the words of Paul VI, “not only for the Holy Places but above all for those pastoral, charitable, educational, and social works which the Church supports in the Holy Land for the welfare of their Christian brethren and of the local communities.”

April 2018

Clergy Health & Retirement Trust: April 1, 2018 [Easter Sunday - ONLY collection]
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 the Clergy Health & Retirement Trust website.

May 2018

Seminarians: May 20, 2018 (Pentecost)- This 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 2018

Promoting the Gospel: June 17, 2018
This collection will be shared by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC). These two organizations communicate the Gospel by promoting works of justice, education and the dignity of human life. Your generous donations will give those in poverty the support they need to make lasting changes and will support our local communications needs, such and Catholic TV programming. For more information about these organizations, please visit:

  1. www.usccb.org/cchd
  2. www.usccb.org/catholicgiving/opportunities-for-giving/catholiccommunication-campaign/index.cfm

While this collection supports national efforts, a portion of the proceeds are designated for local CCHD grants and parish communication efforts

September 2018

Clergy Health and Retirement Trust: September 16, 2018 - This 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 2018

Holy Father and Missionary Efforts: October 14, 2018
This collection will support the Holy Father’s “Peter’s Pence” collection that provides funds for emergency and disaster relief and for Catholic World Missions that support pastoral and evangelization efforts in mission dioceses. This collection will also provide support to The Catholic University of America (CUA) that educates priests and lay people for ministry and for the Inner City Parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston. Your generosity will assist the Holy Father as well as the various missionary efforts at home and abroad. For information on these Collections, go to:

  1. www.usccb.org/ppc
  2. www.propfaithboston.org
  3. www.cua.edu
  4. www.BostonCatholic.org

November 2018

Collection for Retired Religious Sisters: November 18, 2018
This 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 2018

Clergy Health & Retirement Trust: December 25, 2018 (Christmas Day - ONLY Collection)
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.

*Collaborative collection - not part of the Archdiocese-wide collection list

 

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