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Second Collections

Contribute to second collections to help support the Church’s pastoral work at home and around the world by giving to the second collections taken up in your parish. If you miss your parish collection, or wish to give outside of the collection, you may send your donation to:

Office of National Collections
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
P. O. Box 96278
Washington DC 20090-6278

Make your check payable to USCCB-name of collection (e.g. USCCB-Church in Latin America, USCCB-Catholic Communication Campaign, etc...).

Gifts for the Peter’s Pence Collection should NOT be sent to USCCB but instead should be sent directly to the Vatican through the Apostolic Nunciature in the United States at 3339 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20008.

The following collections are approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for the specific needs of the Church. These collections are taken up in parishes as a second collection after the Sunday offertory.


Cause by Date

Church in Latin America - 4th Sunday of January

Support for various pastoral projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean is made possible through the collection for the Church in Latin America . Projects are at the continental, regional, diocesan and local levels, and include the work of evangelization, formation of laity, religious and seminarians, as well as youth ministry and catechesis. For more information, visit

Diocesan Newspaper - 1st Sunday of February

The Arlington Catholic Herald is the official newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington and has a weekly circulation of over 61,000. The Arlington Catholic Herald is distributed locally, nationally and internationally. The paper received six awards from the Catholic Press Association in 2005. For more information, visit

Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe - Ash Wednesday

This collection channels aid through the bishops' conferences of Central and Eastern Europe to meet the needs of rebuilding the Church in formerly Communist nations - training seminarians and lay leaders, reaching out to young people, reviving Catholic charities, and renewing programs of catechesis and evangelization. For more information, visit

Black and Indian Missions - 1st Sunday of Lent

Established in 1884, the National Collection for Black and Indian Missions supports and strengthens diocesan evangelization programs among the African American, American Indian, Eskimo and Aleut communities of the United States. For more information, visit

Catholic Relief Services - 4th Sunday of Lent

This appeal supports relief and resettlement services to victims of natural disasters, war, and religious and ethnic persecution. The appeal supports agencies that build the international social ministry of the Catholic Church through advocacy on behalf of the powerless and impoverished. For more information, visit

Holy Land Shrines - Good Friday

The national collection, taken on Good Friday, provides support for the sacred places and the educational and charitable institutions in the Holy Land; the collection assists in providing educational funding for young men for the Missions of the Custody of the Holy Land in Syria , Jordan , Lebanon , Cyprus , Rhodes , Israel , and Egypt . For more information, visit

Catholic Home Missions Appeal - Last Sunday of April

Launched in 1998, the Home Missions Appeal strengthens the Catholic Church in the United States and its territories where resources are thin and priests are few. Grantees include 85 Latin and Eastern Catholic dioceses in Appalachia, the South, the Southwest, the Rocky Mountain States, Alaska , and the islands of the Pacific and Caribbean . The Appeal also supports about 25 organizations and religious communities engaged in home mission work. For more information, visit

Special Parish Needs, Mother's Day - 2nd Sunday of May

The direction of this collection is determined by the Parish. Approximately 75% of the entire parish budget comes from Sunday collections. Each pastor makes the determination for the necessity of this collection according to individual parish's needs. 

Diocesan Retired Priests - 3rd Sunday of May

This diocesan collection goes to fund the health care and living expenses of retired priests, brothers and sisters. There are 14 retired priests living in the Diocese of Arlington. 

Catholic Communications Campaign - 2nd Sunday of June

The Catholic Communications Campaign produces and supports media projects that promote Gospel values and bring the Catholic Church's message to television, radio and other media, and through special projects of the Catholic press. An annual collection is taken up in the dioceses, which remit 50% of the funds collected to the national office. From these funds, grants are made following recommendations by the USCCB Communication Committee. The remaining portion of the collection is retained by the dioceses for use in local communications projects. For more information, visit or our Catholic Communications Campaign page.

Peter's Pence (Holy Father) - Sunday nearest June 29

The Peter's Pence Collection enables the Holy Father to respond with emergency financial assistance to requests for aid to the neediest throughout the world - those who suffer as a result of war, oppression, and natural disasters. It likewise provides the faithful with a tangible opportunity to empower the weak, defenseless, and voiceless, and to sustain those who suffer. For more information, visit

Religious Education - 2nd Sunday of September

This collection is determined and administered by individual parishes. These funds would go towards youth and adult religious education, including children's liturgies and RCIA. There are currently over 3,000 volunteer catechists who help our over 40,000 public schools students throughout the Diocese. 

Catholic University of America - Last Sunday of September

This national collection provides funding for academic scholarships at The Catholic University of America in Washington . Catholic University , founded in 1887, is the only institution of higher education founded by the U.S. bishops. Students are enrolled from all 50 states and almost 100 countries. For more information, visit                   

World Mission Sunday - 2nd to last Sunday of October

In 1926, Pope Pius XI instituted Mission Sunday, celebrated on the next to the last Sunday in October, as a feast of catholicity and universal solidarity so all Christians will recognize their common responsibility with regard to the evangelization of the world. The majority of this collection goes to support the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. For more information, visit

Retired Fund for Religious - 1st Sunday of November

Now in its 16th year, the Retirement Fund for Religious has generated an unprecedented response from U.S. Catholics, who have donated nearly $400 million since 1988. The fund provides restricted grants to any religious institute in the United States to meet retirement needs. It distributes basic, supplemental and special assistance retirement grants from the fund to religious institutes based on a formula and criteria approved by the conferences of major superiors and bishops. Today, nearly 60,000 religious men and women are over the age of 60. For more information, visit

Catholic Campaign for Human Development - Sunday before Thanksgiving

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) collection was mandated by the U.S. bishops to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and transformative education. Of the total amount collected within the diocese, 75 percent goes to the national CCHD office for funding organizations approved by the national CCHD office and 25 percent remains within the diocese to fund deserving grant applicants here. For more information, visit

Catholic Charities' Christmas Collection - 2nd Sunday of December

Catholic Charities Christmas Collection – Dec. 14 Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington’s annual Christmas Collection is scheduled for Dec. 14. Funds support Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, an essential diocesan ministry serving the poor with Christian love and compassion. Through their professional support services, more than 94,000 people were assisted at every stage of life. Your support of the Christmas second collection for Catholic Charities stays in the diocese. As you reflect on the many needs within our parish community, please prayerfully consider supporting Catholic Charities’ mission. A sacrificial gift of any size will be a gift of Christ’s love and mercy to those in need.