UP Catholic 12 23 2016 E Edition Page 20

20 December 23, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC PAID ADVERTISEMENT www.upcatholic.org Diocesan Mission Collection: January 14th & 15th This collection combines four causes that support missionary outreach to the Universal Church: The Society for the Propagation of the Faith is vital to the missionaries serving in 1,111 dioceses throughout Asia, Africa, parts of Latin America and Europe, and on the Islands of the Pacific. Your generosity makes it possible for local priests, religious, and catechists to reach out to communities, families and children in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances covering more than half the globe. The Black and Indian Mission Collection exists to help local African American and Native American diocesan communities throughout the United States spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and respond to real and pressing needs. This collection advances causes important to native and African American Catholics. Catholic Home Missions is the name for dioceses and parishes in the United States, including its territories and former territories, which cannot provide basic pastoral services to Catholics without outside help. Basic pastoral services include Mass and sacraments, religious education, and ministry training for priests, deacons, religious sisters and lay people. Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa: While the Church in Africa is growing, many still lack access to basic resources and pastoral care. Many suffer due to high rates of poverty and unemployment, illiteracy, and poor education. This Fund supports pastoral projects that foster lasting peace and reconciliation in a continent often marked by division and tension. P L E A S E G I V E G E N E R O U S L Y

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