Nov 22/23 Annual Collection Taken to Support Anti-Poverty Organizations

November 20, 2014

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

This weekend we are asked to take up the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Below is Archbishop Nienstedt’s invitation for all us to support this worthy effort. For more information check out www.usccb.org/cchd or the case study video below on how CCHD is helping the city of Chicago fight poverty.

Autumn peace, Fr. Brian

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Dear Father,

I am writing about an important opportunity for our parishes to follow our Gospel call to lift up the poor and vulnerable through support of this year’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) collection on the weekend of November 22-23.

Poverty is an increasingly serious problem for many of our Minnesota neighbors. Some experience pov- erty as the lack of a home: around 14,000 Minnesotans are homeless each night, including over 4,000 homeless youth. Some experience poverty as hunger: about 11% of Minnesotans face food insecurity each year. 40% of food shelf users in Minnesota are families with children. Others experience poverty in the nagging fear that one small crisis might push them over the edge, as well as in their lack of choices that comes with struggling to meet daily needs.

In these difficult economic times, CCHD offers hope to those experiencing poverty to bring about lasting change for their families and communities.

CCHD carries out Jesus’ mission to “bring glad tidings to the poor…. to let the oppressed go free.” Started by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1970, CCHD provides grants to local, self-help, anti-poverty organizations across the United States. CCHD complements the Church’s many charitable programs that meet the immediate needs of the poor.

The annual CCHD parish collection provides the essential funds for these anti-poverty grants, and is thus an opportunity for parishioners to get involved in working to end the cycle of poverty. CCHD is one way that we as faith communities can share the “Joy of the Gospel” and work together to end poverty. The people of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have always been generous supporters of CCHD, and many local anti-poverty groups have benefited from that generosity. Please help to carry out this work by supporting this year’s CCHD collection.
With every good wish I remain
Cordially yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis