Overall, Catholics are known for sharing their blessings. However, special collections can sometimes be viewed as a bother to some--NOT because people don't believe in giving to charity and loving others, but rather, that human beings find it dificult to help others when they don’t have a personal relationship with the people or the cause seeking their support.
THE PURPOSE OF THESE PAGES is to provide parishes/parishioners a better understanding of the why these collections are important and where the money is going. Our hope is that as a result, people will find it easier to respond to these collections.
Scriptural Basis for Second Collections
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”
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.
“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”
Why are these special collections important?
The special collections in the Diocese of Superior parishes are as important as they were two centuries ago in the new, struggling communities of faithful.
The special collections listed at right are important for two reasons:
- MONETARY NEED: They help fund a specific need that the Church has identified as worthy and true to the Church’s mission.
- SPIRITUAL NEED: They offer opportunities for us, as Christians, to support the Church’s mission on earth. They are an opportunity 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.
The material above has been reworked and adapted using content found on the Diocese of Austin website.