At the parish level, each month we have special collections for the following purposes.
Buildings and Grounds. This is not used for routine maintenance, but is for enhancements to our existing facilities. That can include remodeling, purchasing art, or adding new facilities. This offering is the first Sunday of the month.
St. Vincent de Paul. This organization is the primary parish organization that helps members and non-members who have difficulty paying their bills. This offering is the last Sunday of the month.
On an annual basis, we have offerings for Christmas and Easter flowers, and funeral dinners.
For the Archdiocese and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, we schedule the following special offerings during the year. The dates may vary from year to year:
Archdiocesan Development Fund (February)
Archdiocese Mission offering for Native Americans and African Americans. (March) This supports the various works of the Archdiocese for Indians and African Americans.
Holy Land Offering, for support of Catholic shrines and activities in Israel and Palestine (Good Friday)
Catholic Relief Services (Easter Sunday)
Catholic Home Missions (April)
Birth Choice (May)
Priests Medical Fund (Pentecost) - This reimburses priests for medical expenses not covered by insurance.
Peter's Pence (June)
Catholic University & St. Gregory's University (August) - This offering is split between St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, and the Catholic University of America.
Catholic Charities Annual Appeal (usually in September)
Mission Sunday (October) This offering supports the world mission activities of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, through the Pontifical Mission SocietiesRetirement Fund for the Religious (November)