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Two National Collections Express Gratitude for Diocesan Support

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The 2011 Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection (CCHD) is scheduled to take place November 13-14 in parishes throughout the Diocese of Raleigh. Last year’s collection in the Diocese amounted to $104,841.73. Seventy-five percent was forwarded to the U.S. Bishops’ CCHD national office, with 25 percent remaining in the Diocese for local grants to organizations whose mission is to provide self-help services to the poor and disenfranchised. (See local CCHD grant story.)

In a letter of appreciation, the Most Reverend Roger P. Morin, Bishop of Biloxi and Chairman of the United States Bishops’ Subcommittee on the CCHD, noted how the number of people living in poverty in our nation has increased from 39.8 million to 43.6 million in 2009. Bishop Morin wrote, “CCHD’s partnership with those living in poverty is a concrete way we carry out Pope Benedict’s call to place commitment  to the poor at the center of Catholic life.”

Bishop Morin said the Campaign has undergone an extensive review, which includes a response to the concerns about some CCHD funding policies that he is hopeful will reassure pastors as well as Catholic faithful that their continued support for the CCHD will be used wisely and carefully and in full accord with Catholic moral and social teaching. The CCHD Review and Renewal document is available at the USCCB web site.

The Diocese also received a letter of gratitude from the Black and Indian Collection for Diocesan support of the 2010 collection, which amounted to $77,379.53. The annual collection is used to support Bishops in poorer dioceses in their evangelization and outreach ministries. The collection is taken up on the First Sunday in Lent.