Second Collection Information
Why Have Second Collections?
A Stewardship Moment
"Discipleship means that we care about one another. Discipleship means that the needs of the Church touch our hearts and inspire us to tend to the needs of others—whether those impacted by local floods and hurricanes that destroy the lives of people in our own nation or in lands that we have only just read about. It seems that all we require is a reminder of the need, and we open our lives in concern for other. It is a tradition that Paul began for the ancient Church, and we have been having 'second collections' since then—with no end in sight, as long as there is a need that we find!" - Archbishop Wilton Gregory
Second collections are a stewardship learning moment. As Catholics
we are part of a universal Church that extends well beyond our own parish boundaries.
Jesus calls us to “make disciples of all nations” (Mt. 28:19). Through the
second collection, we have a ready opportunity to give to those causes held
up by our Church leaders as important in fulfilling that call of Our Lord.
Second collections develop international awareness of the needs of those beneficiaries—whether
an Indian child on a North Dakota reservation or a pilgrim to the Holy Land. The
bishops in the United States created the national collections so that by combining
our resources we can more effectively carry out our mission as Catholics. Each
of the collections is worthy of support and represents our community of faith
at its best—working in the world, improving lives, and saving souls.
We take our donors’ intentions seriously. The Archdiocese of Atlanta has
adopted a “Donor
Bill of Rights.” to assure you that the gifts you give, whether
at the parish level or the archdiocesan level, will be used for the purposes
for which they were given. For example, when a second collection is held
for the Catholic Relief Fund, donors can be confident that their financial gift
is being forwarded to Catholic Relief Services.
If for some reason, a donor does not wish to support an organization designated
for the second collection, they need only withhold their second collection gift
on that particular Sunday.
Current Second Collections
Please view these collections in the light of stewardship and of sharing. God has
given us our life and our prosperity; it is right and just that we give something back
helping people in our own country and throughout the world.
Thank you for your generous response!
2015 Second Collections Schedule - Revised June 5, 2014
Page Last Updated: January 27, 2015