Catholic News Service
A Haitian girl plans sustainable crop in CRS project.
Catholic News Service
A Haitian girl plans sustainable crop in CRS project.
The annual collection to support Catholic Relief Services will be taken in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Portland the weekend of March 9-10. The collection supports six Catholic agencies that provide humanitarian aid to those in need around the world.

The theme for this year’s collection is “Jesus in disguise. How will you help?”  Catholic Relief Services is the official overseas relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

CRS was founded in 1943, and is serving in nearly 100 countries. Its programs assist some of the poorest people on the globe. In about a third of the nations, the agency helps develop sustainable agricultural projects. CRS has clean water projects in 40 countries, and is providing child survival programs like prenatal services and access to health education programs.

Catholic Relief Services provides life saving services in places like the Cameroon and Mali in Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka in Asia, Gaza and Lebanon in the Middle East and in Guatemala and Honduras in Latin America.  

The Catholic Relief Services collection also provides financial support for five other Catholic agencies:

• The USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development provides advocacy for poor and vulnerable people and provides a voice for international justice and peace.

• The USCCB Department of Migration and Refugee Services helps victims of human trafficking, provides public policy advocacy and assists in providing resettlement of refugees.

• Funding is provided to the Holy Father’s Relief Fund to assist the pope in providing immediate assistance to victims of natural disasters and other emergencies.

• The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (Clinic) provides legal services for immigrants in the United States.

• The USCCB Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church offers pastoral care and outreach to refugees, migrants, and travelers. Last year Catholics in the Archdiocese of Portland gave more than $123,000 in support to CRS.