|2/5/2013 2:21:00 PM|
Collection to assist the Church in Central and Eastern Europe
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Construction takes placed near cathedral in Bucharest, site of a seminary supported by upcoming collection.
The collection to assist the Church in Central and Eastern Europe will be taken in parishes on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13. The theme for this year’s collection is “Restoring the Church, Building the Future.” The collection for Central and Eastern Europe provides assistance for pastoral programs, and helps fund Catholic organizations to ease the burden of those living in those regions. After living under communism and state-sponsored atheism, the Church is trying to provide adequate places of worship, pastoral care and opportunities for evangelization.
In the Archdiocese of Bucharest, Romania, the collection helps provide a seminary education for 38 potential priests. In the city of Ljubljana, Slovenia, the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco run Project Bethlehem, a center that provides programs for Catholic formation, personal growth and leadership for young women attending college. They are supported in part by the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.
Catholics in the Archdiocese of Portland are encouraged to be generous in their support for the collection to assist the Church in Central and Eastern Europe on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13.