|3/10/2013 9:33:00 AM|
Collection set for Holy Land
Catholic News Service
A girl lights a candle during the Catholic Easter Vigil Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem last year.
The collection for the Holy Land will be taken in parishes on Good Friday, March 29. The collection allows Catholics around the world to unite for the protection of holy places and for the promotion of peace. The Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land promote the collection. The collection helps to support the pastoral activities, educational and scientific work and social and charitable activities of the Franciscans in the Holy Land.
For more than 800 years the Holy Father has entrusted the Franciscans with the care of the holy places for the benefit of Christians who live there and for those who visit as pilgrims to the Holy Land. The Franciscans see to the staffing and maintenance of the various shrines.
In order to assist the Christians who still reside there, the Franciscans have built more than a thousand residential units for the poor and for young couples in Bethlehem, Bethpage and in Nazareth. Senior care facilities have been built in Bethlehem and Nazareth. The Franciscans provide pastoral care for 29 parishes in the Holy Land including Mass, religious education programs, Catholic schools, and family education programs. The schools are open to all regardless of religious background. University programs include Biblical Studies, archaeology and theology.
Catholics in the Archdiocese of Portland are encouraged to be generous in their support for the Church in the Holy Land on Good Friday.