1/1: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Holy Day of Obligation)
1/8: Aid to the Catholic Church in Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Africa This combined collection supports the Catholic Church in several different parts of the world, funding catechesis, youth ministry and seminarian education.
2/5: Society for the Propagation of the Faith Membership Appeal This Society for the Propagation of the Faith, founded in 1822, has become the Church’s official organization for mission aid. The Society for the Propagation of the Faith continues to seek prayer and sacrifice for the world’s missions. Help is offered for pastoral and evangelizing programs, for catechists and catechetical work, to build churches and chapels, for the work of religious communities in health care and education, and for communication and transportation needs.
The financial contributions in our own Diocese of Harrisburg largely come from the World Mission Sundaycollection each October and the Propagation of the Faith Membership Sundaycollection in February. In addition to these two major collections, funds are also received from a group of faithful monthly donors, from wills, bequests, and legacies, and outright gifts made by the faithful of the diocese. Click for more information.
2/12: Black and Indian/Poor Missions
Ash Wednesday Collection - Benefits Our "Sister Parish" In Haiti The collection taken on Ash Wednesday will be gifted to our "Sister Parish", Our Lady of Lourdes (located in Tarasse, Haiti) and their parish school, St. Joan of Arc School. If you would like to learn more about our Sister Parish, click here
Diocesan Annual Campaign-DAC Because of your generosity to the Diocesan Annual Campaign, individuals, families, and local communities experience the merciful presence of Christ through the many services and outreach programs provided throughout the Diocese of Harrisburg. Consider the multitude of children who are taught the faith through our Catholic schools and religious education programs. See how the boundaries of our Church extend beyond our own properties to the young adults benefiting from campus ministry programs, the retreats and camps meeting the needs of the spiritually and physically limited, the values of integrity and honor being taught to the youth in our scouting programs. From parish offices to athletic fields, the work of faith begins with worship and reaches out toward every dimension of our lives to fashion a society that reveres the dignity of life and safeguards the inalienable values which make us truly human. Through the DAC, you sustain these programs and works of mercy. Learn More...
*Collection Info: [Diocesan Collection] Occurs annually during Lent.
3/26: Catholic Relief Services Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then they have expanded in size to reach more than 100 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents. CRS maintains strict standards of efficiency, accountability and transparency: 94 percent of their expenditures go directly to programs. Learn more here...
4/6: Holy Thursday - Benefits the "Love Thy Neighbor Fund" The collection taken on Holy Thursday will be used for our "Love Thy Neighbor" fund which is used to support the less fortunate of our parish community. Funds are distributed at the Pastor's discretion.
4/7: Good Friday - Benefits the Holy Land The Collection for the Holy Land, in the words of Paul VI is “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.” The Holy Land collection is taken up it parishes on Good Friday.
Easter Sunday Collection
4/30: Catholic Home Missions Appeal The Appeal primarily supports home mission dioceses. Those are dioceses in the United States that are unable to offer their people the basic pastoral ministries of word, worship and service without outside help. It may also give grants to other dioceses in the U.S. for particular projects, and to organizations and religious communities engaged in missionary work. The appeal funds a wide range of pastoral services. However, it principally focuses on (1) evangelization activities, (2) religious education, (3) ministry training for priests, deacons, religious sisters and brothers, and laypeople; (4) support of poor parishes across the country.
5/18: Ascension Thursday (Holy Day of Obligation)
5/28: Pentecost Collection: Fund Education Of Future Priests And Care Of Sick Priests Our Diocese has been blessed by a significant increase in the number of Seminarians within the past several years. This increase in vocations is a positive sign of the spiritual health and vitality of the Church in the Diocese of Harrisburg. Through your gifts to the Pentecost Collection, our Seminarians can completely devote themselves to the formation process and not need to worry about their meals, lodging or tuition. Thank you for your generous support. Please continue to pray for our men in formation and for the continued vitality of vocations.
6/18: Catholic Communications Campaign The Catholic Communication Campaign supports the Church’s efforts to remain a strong voice in the media. TV, Radio, Newspapers, Podcasts, the Internet. Our message is everywhere, spreading the Good News around the Diocese and the World! This collection is held annually on the third Sunday in June in the Diocese of Harrisburg. Local efforts include The Catholic Witness newspaper, the Diocesan website, Catholic Perspective radio programs, INSIGHT our monthly e-newsletter, as well as outreach via Facebook, Twitter and You Tube. 50% of the funds collected are used locally!
No Scheduled Collections.
TBD: Missionary Cooperative Occurs annually, usually a Sunday in July or August, at the choice of the Pastor.
8/15: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation)
9/10: Peter's Pence The Peter’s Pence Collection is taken up worldwide to provide the Holy Father with the funds he needs to carry out his most important charitable works. The proceeds benefit the most disadvantaged: victims of war, oppression and disasters. Your gift will make you a pilgrim of charity around the globe.
TBD: Education Collection - Benefits our "Mustard Seed Fund" The Education Collection will be used for the "Mustard Seed Fund" which helps to support the faith formation of the youth in our parish and school by offering supplemental support which allows us to implement innovative ideas and projects as the opportunities arise. More information here
10/22: World Mission Sunday Join Catholics around the world for the celebration of World Mission Sunday. We are called to offer our prayers and financial help for the Church’s missionary work in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands and parts of Latin America and Europe.
11/1: All Saint's Day (Holy Day of Obligation)
11/2: All Soul's Day
TBD: Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA Not taken in 2023 (to be taken every 3 years)
11/19: Matthew 25 "Four years ago the Matthew 25 Collect began as a solution to a growing need in our diocese for material assistance to help our brothers and sisters who are struggling financially, specifically in the areas of food, clothing and shelter. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from this Collection are returned to each parish and used to meet the needs of specific people parishioners. The remaining proceeds are used to fund larger parish, diocesan and/or community organizations of assistance through a diocesan grant program." Very Rev. Robert M Gillelan, Jr. .
12/8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation)
12/10: Retirement Fund for the Religious Lighten the load. An abbot writes, “Your gift helps ease our worldly burdens and allows us to continue living out our mission of seeking God and serving the Church.” Donations to the Retirement Fund for Religious collection helps hundreds of US religious communities to provide for their aging members.