We will celebrate the good works of Catholic Charities of Central Florida on November 5, 6, the dates of the organization’s special collection. Because of your generous support through the years, Catholic Charities of Central Florida has evolved as the number one second responder for those affected by natural disaster and the premier social service agency in Central Florida. While the annual Our Catholic Appeal and the most recent Alive in Christ campaign also support Catholic Charities of Central Florida, this second collection is used exclusively for direct assistance to the needy. It helps the working poor with mortgage payments, utilities, rent, food and other requirements of maintaining a home and keeping families together during difficult times.
In the coming weeks, opportunities will become available to parishes in assisting Catholic Charities of Central Florida realize a successful effort on behalf of our sisters and brothers in Christ who have great needs. Please consider the following:
- Be receptive to the staff member of Catholic Charities of Central Florida who calls to request the opportunity for a volunteer to speak after Communion on Catholic Charities of Central Florida.
- Publish the bishop’s letter about this special collection in parish bulletins. Click here for English or Spanish. Include announcements and ads about the collection in parish bulletins. They will be distributed to bulletin editors in the coming weeks.
- Announce the special collection in advance and encourage parishioners to participate.
- Make opportunities for parishioners, before or after the celebration of Mass, to view the specially prepared DVD showing the many gifts given to others born out of our love of Christ.
Heed the Lord’s words to ‘stay awake’ so that the Lord will know of your resplendent works and the door will be open to you as you have opened it for those who are unable.