Special Collections

Traditionally and historically, Catholics are known for sharing their blessings. Early Christian communities often solicited funds for their fellow Christians in other cities and nations. They understood that for a young missionary church to grow and thrive, they needed to help one another willingly. “All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one’s needs”
(Acts 2:44-45).

Christian charity was equally understood as a tenet of faith and an expression of love for one another. “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10). While charity is still the basis of our worldwide outreach today, we may often forget that it is also our “expression of love” as Christians for one another. The special collections in today’s Catholic churches are as important as they were two centuries ago in the new, struggling communities of faithful.

Special collections are important for two reasons:

  1. They help fund a specific need that the Church has identified as worthy and true to the Church’s mission.
  2. They offer opportunities for us, as Christians, to support the Church’s mission on earth.

 

While the first satisfies monetary need, the second satisfies a spiritual need that should be inherited within each and every Christian. But often the reason that special collections are so bothersome to us is not because we couldn’t give out to others in charity and love or we don’t have a personal relationship with the people or the cause seeking our support - it’s much more difficult to respond to an impersonal, special collection basket with only a vague understanding of its purpose.

So what are these special collections that seem to be promoted so frequently?

Second collections serve many needs, but their greatest purpose is the opportunity they present to participate in the work of the church outside a parochial community. Developing an attitude of stewardship not only for your own parish, but also for the faith community around us is part of our faith formation.

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me” (Matt 25:35-36).

 

2018 Special Collections

Date

More Information

Catholic Higher Education

2/11/2018

Campus Ministries in the Diocese of Austin

World and Home Missions

2/14/2018

Latin America;
Black and Native American Home Missions;
Catholic Home Missions;
Central and Eastern Europe; Africa

Catholic Relief Services

3/11/2018

Catholic Relief Services

Holy Land

3/30/2018

http://www.myfranciscan.org/

Seminarians and Priest Education
and Formation

4/22/2018

Vocations office

Archdiocese for the Military Services NA Collected every three years.

Peter's Pence

7/1/2018

http://www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/peters-pence/

World Mission Sunday - Propagation of Faith

10/21/2018

www.onefamilyinmission.org/society-propfaith/i-am-a-missionary.html

Catholic Services Appeal

11/04/2018

Diocese of Austin Catholic Services Appeal

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

11/18/2018

www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/collection/

Retired Clergy and Religious

12/9/2018

www.retiredreligious.org/

Feast of the Holy Family

12/30/2018

Maternity Homes for the Diocese of Austin: Annunciation Maternity Home in Georgetown, Our Lady of the Angels Maternity Shelter in Temple, and the Pro-life activities Office of the Diocese of Austin

 

2017 Special Collections

Date

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Catholic Higher Education

2/12/2017

Campus Ministries in the Diocese of Austin

World and Home Missions

3/1/2017

Latin America;
Black and Native American Home Missions;
Catholic Home Missions;
Central and Eastern Europe; Africa

Catholic Relief Services

3/26/2017

Catholic Relief Services

Holy Land

4/14/2017

http://www.myfranciscan.org/

Seminarians and Priest Education
and Formation

4/23/2017

Vocations office

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 5/14/2017 One-time collection.
Archdiocese for the Military Services 5/28/2017 Collected every three years.

Peter's Pence

7/2/2017

http://www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/peters-pence/

World Mission Sunday - Propagation of Faith

10/22/2017

www.onefamilyinmission.org/society-propfaith/i-am-a-missionary.html

Catholic Services Appeal

11/05/2017

Diocese of Austin Catholic Services Appeal

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

11/19/2017

www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/collection/

Retired Clergy and Religious

12/10/2017

www.retiredreligious.org/

Feast of the Holy Family

12/31/2017

Maternity Homes for the Diocese of Austin: Annunciation Maternity Home in Georgetown, Our Lady of the Angels Maternity Shelter in Temple, and the Pro-life activities Office of the Diocese of Austin

 

 

 

Parish Special Collections - Most parishes have their own set of monthly special collections for various ministries. This would include St. Vincent de Paul and parish social ministry, parish debt reduction, youth ministry programs, capital campaigns, building funds, etc. These are collections that occur primarily for the benefit of the parish.

Catholic Services Appeal - Annually, on the first weekend of November, the Diocese of Austin asks for your support through the Catholic Services Appeal. This collection sustains the countless ministries and programs, diocesan-wide, that no parish could sponsor on their own. We as Catholics are part of diocese that sustains Catholic schools, campus ministries, Catholic Charities of Central Texas, Catholic education and formation, Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center, seminarian education and clergy formation, youth and young adult ministry, Hispanic ministry, diaconate ministry, immigrant concerns, Ethics and Integrity in Ministry and much more. Your contributions reflect an understanding of the responsibility we have to the larger faith community in central Texas.

Diocesan-wide Special Collections - Periodically, we also have diocesan collections for the world-wide church. These collections, created by the U.S. Bishops’ Conference, are designed to support the works of the local American Church in addition to supporting our Christian brothers and sisters in other countries. These special collections are typically used to support programs like the home missions in the U.S., aid to the Church in Eastern Europe, Peter’s Pence (support of the Holy Father), support for seminarians, support for world missionary activity and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.