A collection will be held at local parishes on Jan. 10 to benefit Black and Indian & Home Missions and Farmworker Ministry. The 125 year old national collection for Black and Indian people of the United States continues as the embodiment of the Church’s concern for evangelizing the community. The funds are distributed as grants to dioceses throughout the country, supporting and strengthening evangelization programs which otherwise would cease.
Recognizing a need to call the faithful to support missionary work among African American and Native American Catholics, the U.S. Catholic bishops established this charity for the Catholic Missions in 1884—the first of its kind in the United States—to support missionary work. Ever since the first collection, the Commission has administered the yearly, national Black and Indian Mission Collection. The generosity of the good People of God allows the Commission to give helpful grants to dioceses across the country to operate schools, parishes, and other missionary services that build the Body of Christ in Native American, Alaska Native, and Black Catholic communities. In 2014, 10 Florida Catholic Schools received grants for ministries serving Black Catholics from the Catholic Negro American Mission Board due to this national collection.