Collection to support Catholic relief agencies
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
May the example and intercession of the Holy Family guide your Lenten pilgrimage and strengthen your faith! Saint Mary and Saint Joseph suffered for Jesus’ sake – as refugees in Egypt, in their anguish when they lost him in Jerusalem, and of course at the foot of the Cross. From the middle of our Lenten participation in their suffering, the Catholic Relief Services Collection offers a chance to express our solidarity with the very poor both at home and abroad.
Your prayers and your donation, for example, could help Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR), an initiative sponsored by the USCCB Department of Migrant and Refugee Services (MRS). POWR works to help legally recognized refugees to the United States find work, learn job interview skills, build credit, and join vibrant faith communities in their new home. Your contribution also supports poor families abroad. Sipho Ncube, a widow and mother of three from Zimbabwe, was selected by Catholic Relief Services to receive assistance from a small livestock pilot project. The initiative helps extremely poor families lift themselves out of poverty by giving them goats, pigs, and poultry to build household wealth. Project staff showed Sipho how to properly care for, house, and breed her animals, which allowed her to sell the offspring, feed her family, and thrive through hardships and food shortages.
MRS and CRS are two of six worldwide Catholic relief agencies funded by The Catholic Relief Services Collection. The Collection supports six organizations that value families and work to provide pastoral support, humanitarian aid, and other vital assistance to them each day. The work supported through The Catholic Relief Services Collection prioritizes families by reuniting them, teaching essential skills for success, and giving voice to the underrepresented everywhere.
Here in our Diocese of Sioux City, the Catholic Relief Services Collection is scheduled for all Masses for the 4th Sunday of Lent, on March 17 and 18. This is a good opportunity for us to express our compassion and solidarity with all the poor children of God, by our continuing prayers and generosity. Please visit www.usccb.org/nationalcollections for more information about the collection and the essential organizations funded by it.
As we continue our Lenten pilgrimage, please reflect again on the great gifts of hope and faith given to us by our most generous God and Father. None of us are worthy of these gifts, yet God loves us with infinite love, and calls us to love Him and each other. Are we doing everything we can to answer His call?
Your brother in Christ,
Most Reverend R. Walker Nickless
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