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Diocesan Faithful Donate More Than $275,000 to Three National Collections

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Each year on Good Friday, a special collection is taken up for the Holy Land. This year, the Diocese of Raleigh donated $77,704.49, which will be used to provide for the people of the region and to maintain the holy shrines in Bethlehem and Nazareth and the Holy Sepulchre.

Father Jeremy Harrington, OFM, Commissary of the Holy Land, sent a letter of gratitude to the Diocese, noting that Catholics make up less than two percent of the population in the predominately Jewish and Muslim region. “The Good Friday Collection allows the Church to provide pastoral care but also to assist with educational and social needs,” Fr. Harrington wrote. “Your contributions maintain the holy shrines and make them places of welcome for pilgrims from around the world. Your generosity and that of your priests and people is a great blessing to the people of the Holy Land and the Franciscan Friars who minister to them.”

The Diocese also received letters of appreciation from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.

The 2010 diocesan collection for CRS totaled $111,668.26. Donations help the international and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provide essential programs to people in need in approximately 100 countries.

The diocesan collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe totaled $84,585.86. The great needs of the Church in Central and Eastern Europe were recognized more than two decades ago with the fall of communism, and they still remain. In most parts of the region, the Church cannot yet support its own renewal and growth. Contributions provide faith to a new generation through scholarships for ministry formation, social programs, and essential pastoral projects.