Collecting funds for the poor is an important work of mercy for the Church. In the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, Paul requests that a collection should be taken every week in support of the Poor in Jerusalem. Paul felt that this was a necessary act of Charity. From that time until this, it has been the tradition of Catholic Churches to display a poor box to collect the donations of the faith community for the poor. A poor box has been placed on the step next to the communion rail in the sanctuary. Please be generous in remembering the poor of our community especially during Lent. As in previous years, we will be collecting nonperishable food items, which may be place on the altar before the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue.
For the past 128 years, the Catholic Church in the United States has fostered evangelization among African and Native American peoples through the annual Black and Indian Mission Collection. With the help of our generous donors. this collection has established and then supported schools; funded religious education programs; and sponsored seminarians throughout the entire country. We, in the Brooklyn Diocese, have directly benefited from this special collection. This year, 30 parishes. schools and apostolates in Brooklyn and Queens have received funding for activities such as an innovative program of the Haitian Apostolate to provide a CD of finely crafted homilies in Haitian Creole for those who would be unable to hear the Word in their native tongue; and high school retreats; and door-to-door evangelization. These grants are Continue reading The Black and Indian Mission Collection