Special Collections

The Archdiocese of Boston has designated several weeks throughout the year as special collections in order to "more effectively carry out our mission as Catholics" and "to support important initiatives throughout our Archdiocese." Over the past few years, individual collections have been combined into a single special collection under a common mission category, thereby reducing the number of special collections. Following are the special collections to be taken up in 2023. 

January 2023

Church in Latin America - January 22, 2023

This collection supports the Church in Latin America (CLA). The CLA provides support for pastoral projects in financially poorer dioceses in Latin America and the Caribbean. CLA funds catechetical and lay leadership programs, youth ministry, evangelization programs, and formation programs for religious, priests, and deacons. CLA is making it possible for the Catholic faithful in the Western hemisphere to help each other. Please visit http://www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/latin-america/index.cfm for more information.

*Saint Paul School - Catholic Schools Week - January 29, 2023

This weekend's special collection directly supports the efforts of our Collaborative Catholic School. Saint Paul School provides a Catholic education for preschool to Grade 8 to children from over 15 local towns. Learning and growth take place inside and outside the classroom as the administration is committed to a well-rounded education offering students the opportunities to explore, evolve and excel in academics, athletics and the arts while developing skills they will need to excel in the 21st Century. Funds support the ever-expanding programs in addition to financial aid. School Website: http://www.stpaulschoolhingham.com/home.html

February 2023

Catholic Charities (Ash Wednesday) - February 22, 2023

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. The services provide food and utility assitance, quality child care, academicalliy enriching programming for at-risk youth, and adult education to put clients on a path to self-sustainability. Refugees are welcome and immigrants are provided with high quality, low cost legal service, temporary housing and transitional housing for individuals and families. You are invited to begin your Lenten almsgiving journey by supporting Catholic Charities of Boston. For more information, please visit www.ccab.org

Support of the Church Around the World - February 26, 2023

This collection will support the Church in those underdeveloped areas of the world. Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the Church in Africa and in Central and Eastern Europe and three important national Catholic missions: the Military Archdiocese, Home Missions, and the Black and Indian Missions.

Your generosity will help fund the spiritual, educational and humanitarian needs of the Church around the world. For more information about each of these organizations go to their websites:

1. CRS: www.usccb.org/crscollection
2. Church in Africa: http://www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/solidarity-fund-for-africa/index.cfm
3. Church in Central and Eastern Europe: http://www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/central-and-eastern-europe/index.cfm
4. Military Archdiocese: http://www.milarch.org/
5. Catholic Home Missions: http://www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/catholic-home-missions-appeal/index.cfm
6. Black and Indian Missions: https://blackandindianmission.org/

March 2023

*End Hunger New England - March 19, 2023

The Outreach Program will return to our Collaborative on April 1st at Saint Paul School for a meal packing event. This collection will raise funds for the food supplies to pack on that day. It's a wonderful service opportunity for the whole family that provides food for those in need both locally and abroad. Stay tuned for more details on this upcoming event.

April 2023

*St. Vincent dePaul (Palm Sunday) - April 2, 2023

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person services to the needy and suffering. Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served, because in them Vincentians see the face of Christ. This one time a year collection supports the local parish chapters and supports those in need right here in Hingham.

Holy Land Shrines (Good Friday) - April 7, 2023

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. 

Easter Collection: Clergy Health & Retirement Trust - April 9, 2023

At all of our Easter Masses, our only collection will be to support 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. On behalf of all of our priests, thank you in advance for your generosity. For more information, please visit www.clergytrust.org

*NPH - Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos - April 30, 2023

"Our little brothers and sisters" - NPH USA transforms the lives of vulnerable children in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru. Together, we help children overcome poverty and become productive, caring leaders in their own communities. NPH is supporting nearly 7,000 children, both inside and outside our homes, ensuring they have a safe and nurturing place to live, an education, clothing, healthcare, and a strong family support system. Our collaborative has had an ongoing relationship with NPH for many years as many of our parishioner sponsor an NPH child. We continue to support NPH with this annual contribution.  https://nphusa.org/region/ma-ne/

May 2023

Seminarians (Pentecost) - May 28, 2023

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 2023

Promoting the Gospel - June 18, 2023

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 as Catholic TV programming. For more information about these organizations, please visit:

1. CCHD: www.usccb.org/cchd
2. CCC: http://www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/catholic-communication-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 2023
Clergy Health & Retirement Trust - September 17, 2023

This collection will support 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. On behalf of all of our priests, thank you in advance for your generosity. For more information, please visit https://clergytrust.org/

October 2023

For the Holy Father and Missionary Efforts - October 1, 2023

This collection will support the Holy Father’s “Peter’s Pence” collection that provides funds for emergency and disaster relief. This collection will also provide support to The Catholic University of America that educates priests and lay people for ministry, and for the Inner City Parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston. Your generosity and prayers will assist the Holy Father and the various missionary efforts at home and abroad. For more information, please go to:

1. Peter’s Pence: http://www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/peters-pence/index.cfm
2. The Catholic University of America: www.cua.edu
3. www.BostonCatholic.org

World Mission Sunday - October 22, 2023

This 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 http://www.propfaithboston.org/ for more information.

November 2023
Collection for Retired Religious Sisters - November 19, 2023

Since 1988, the Collection for Retired Sisters has provided needed financial support for religious communities who have served the Archdiocese of Boston as educators and health care and social service providers. Please take this opportunity to say thank you by giving generously to the Sisters in recognition of their years of dedicated service to the Church of Boston. Your contribution does make a difference. For more information, please contact the Delegate for Religious at 617-746-5637.

December 2023
Christmas Collection: Clergy Health & Retirement Trust - December 25, 2023

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. On behalf of all of our priests, thank you in advance for your generosity to this important collection. For more information, please visit https://clergytrust.org/

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