During the weekend of Jan. 10/11, parishes in the Diocese of Orlando will take up a collection to support the Black and Indian Missions, the Catholic Home Missions, and the Farmworker Ministry. Monies collected during the weekend are dispersed among the two national missions and one local ministry.
Mandated by the Third Plenary Council in 1884, the 125-year-old national collection for Black and Indian Missions continues as the embodiment of the Church’s concern for evangelizing the Black and Indian peoples of the United States. The funds are distributed as grants to dioceses throughout the country, supporting and strengthening evangelization programs which otherwise would cease. The Diocese of Orlando has received grants to assist in its ministries to our Haitian and African communities.
The Catholic Home Missions Appeal primarily supports dioceses in the United States and its territories that are unable to offer their people the basic pastoral ministries of word, worship, and service without outside help. The appeal supports a wide range of pastoral services, including evangelization, religious education, and the maintenance of mission parishes, the training of seminarians and lay ministers, and ministry with ethnic groups.
The Farmworker Ministry is a local collection that provides funding assistance to the many diocesan programs working with our farmworker community. One such program is the Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka. Founded in the early 1970s, the Hope CommUnity Center is a service learning community dedicated to empowerment of Central Florida’s immigrant and working poor communities through education, advocacy and spiritual growth.