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National Collections Schedule (2017)

Retirement Fund For Religious                                        
The National Religious Retirement Office assists religious communities in the United States that have unfunded liability for retirement through the annual distribution of funds from the Retirement Fund for Religious. You Can Help - Pray, Speak, Give or ask your employer about matching gifts or donating stock. Click here for more details about how you can assist and support frail, elderly women and men religious who have given their lives to prayer and ministry.  Local contact: Mr. Kevin Simon


Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education. For additional information, contact Catholic Charities West Michigan, 616-551-4747.


World Mission Sunday
World Mission Sunday is celebrated in every parish throughout the world on the next-to-last Sunday in October.  As described by Pope John Paul II, this celebration is “an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches us how to give: as an offering to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world.”  This worldwide liturgical celebration is the only annual appeal of this nature. Learn more about World Mission Sunday. Contact Father Steve Dudek, diocesan director of missions. 


Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching. We act to:
Promote human develpment by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies.
Serve Catholics in the United States as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world. For additional information, contact Catholic Charities West Michigan, 616-551-4747.


Operation Rice Bowl (ORB)
Your participation in Operation Rice Bowl (ORB) makes a concrete difference in the lives of those living in poverty. Millions of Catholics in all 50 states reach out each Lent to assist our brothers and sisters around the world through traditional Lenten practices, by offering our prayers, by fasting, by learning, and by giving. For additional information, contact Catholic Charities West Michigan, 616-551-4747.