|3/18/2014 8:36:00 AM|
Catholic Relief Services - Help Jesus in disguise
Catholic News Service
An aerial photo shows floodwaters surrounding homes in Marcovia, Honduras, in 2011. Catholic Relief Services aided the region.
The annual collection to support the various ministries of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) will be taken in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Portland the weekend of March 29-30. The theme of the collection is “Help Jesus in Disguise.” The Catholic Relief Services collection funds six Catholic agencies that serve the poor throughout the world. Catholic Relief Services is the official overseas aid and development agency of American Catholics.
Catholic Relief Services serves in Latin America and the Caribbean in Haiti, Guatemala, and Honduras among 16 countries in the region. In Africa CRS serves in 37 countries, serves six countries in the Middle East and North Africa, and 18 countries in Asia including Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and China among others. In Laos, CRS has established health programs and is also working to ensure that children with disabilities have support and access to education. In Indonesia Catholic Relief Services works with other agencies in providing emergency assistance after natural disasters. Honduras is the poorest country in Central America, and Catholic Relief Services is supporting programs in agriculture, disaster relief, water and sanitation, and education.
The six Catholic agencies supported by the CRS collection are Catholic Relief Services for international disaster relief and development, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB ) International Justice and Peace Office which provides advocacy on justice and peace issues, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) for immigration legal services, the Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) for refugee resettlement, the Secretariat of Culture Diversity in the Church for evangelization and ministry, and support for the Holy Father’s Relief efforts.
Last year Catholics in western Oregon contributed more than $117,300 to support the ministries funded by the Catholic Relief Services collection. The needs remain great, and this collection helps Catholics “Help Jesus in Disguise.” Parishioners are encouraged to be generous in their support of the Catholic Relief Services collection.
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