Church Overseas Combined Collection Scheduled Jan. 24
Thursday, 07 January 2016 00:00

Church Overseas Combined Collection scheduled Jan. 24

Parishes throughout the Diocese of Youngstown will be participating in the Church Overseas Combined Collection the weekend of Jan. 23-24.

This collection supports the following Church agencies in their on-going work in long-term development, education, leadership training and other social and pastoral ministries: the Church in Latin America, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Holy Father/Peter's Pence, and the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.

By combining these four separate collections into one, the diocese reduces the number of second collections that would typically be taken during the first half of the year.

The Collection for the Church in Latin America supports pastoral programs as awarded by the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Projects include the work of evangelization, formation of laity, religious and seminarians, as well as youth ministry and catechesis. Funding is limited to programmatic expenses and excludes building construction except in cases of emergency.

The Collection for Catholic Relief Services provides funding for Catholic Relief Services; the USCCB Offices of International Justice and Peace, Migration and Refugee Services, and Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees; relief work of the Holy Father; and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.

The Collection for Holy Father/Peter's Pence enables the Holy Father to respond with emergency financial assistance to requests to aid the neediest throughout the world – those who suffer as a result of war, oppression, and natural disasters.

It likewise provides the faithful with a tangible opportunity to not only empower the weak, defenseless and voiceless, but also sustain those who suffer.

The Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe provides aid by the Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe through bishops' conferences of Central and Eastern Europe and the ex-Soviet Union to meet the needs of rebuilding the Church.

It focuses on training seminarians and lay leaders, supporting social service programs, youth ministry, pastoral and catechetical centers, schools, church construction and renovation, and evangelization through Catholic media.

For more information on the Church Overseas Combined collection, contact Catholic Charities, at 330-744-8451, or click here.