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Gratitude Expressed for Diocesan Support of Three National Collections

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The Diocese of Raleigh has received letters of gratitude for donations taken up on behalf of three National Collections sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In a letter to Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Catholic Relief Services President Ken Hackett expressed his appreciation for this year’s Operation Rice Bowl. It amounted to $34,733.77.

The Bishop also received heartfelt thanks for the $85,591.87 collected for the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Money donated provides grants to poorer dioceses in the United States with the support they need to sustain essential pastoral care. Over the years, the Appeal has supported religious education, evangelization, youth ministry, seminarian education, and ministry training in mission dioceses in Alaska, Appalachia, the Southwest—all across the United States—as well as in Puerto Rico and U.S. territories in the Pacific islands.

Parishioners in the Diocese also contributed $70,770.12 to the 2010 Catholic Communication Campaign. Half of the collection is forwarded to the USCCB Communications Department to support the national Church’s efforts at evangelization through media, such as radio, television and Web sites, including www.foryourmarriage.org and daily Gospel reflections, http://www.usccb.org/video/reflections.shtml.

Fifty percent remains in the Diocese to support Diocesan media projects, which include Bishop Burbidge’s annual Advent and Lenten messages broadcast on radio and television throughout the Diocese. It also pays for the daily video reports from Catholic News Service available on the Diocesan Web site, http://www.dioceseofraleigh.org/video/cnsvideo.aspx

Information on the 12 national collections is available online at www.usccb.org/nationalcollections.