My Dear Parishioners,
Next week our Second collection will be for the Black and Indian Missions. Archbishop Chaput has asked that the following letter be communicated to each of the parishes in preparation for this collection.
God Bless You! Fr. Bordonaro
September 2, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Established in 1884, the Black and Indian Mission Collection is the embodiment of the Catholic Church’s concern for evangelizing the Black, Native American and Indigenous peoples of the United States. Your financial contribution to this fund assists clergy, religious and lay catechists, parishes, schools and catechetical centers for the evangelization of the Black and Native American peoples throughout our country.
Pope Francis reminds us that everyone is meant to evangelize. As we embark on another year of evangelization in the African-American, Native American and Alaskan Native communities, everyone is encouraged to make a difference by offering their prayers for the fruitful support of the missions in the United States and to consider expressing concretely their Christian solidarity through sacrificial offerings.
Your support impacts the daily pastoral work of our bishops, consecrated religious women and men, and lay-leadership who labor on Indian reservations, urban centers, Black Catholic and Alaskan Native parishes, mission schools and the many, many diocesan programs and projects that strengthen the work of the Gospel. Locally, through grants awarded from this collection, a number of parishes within the Archdiocese are able to fund pastoral outreach and evangelization programs. It is only through your continued generosity of this collection that such efforts are realized.
The Collection for the Black and Indian Missions will be held in parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on the weekend of September 8 and 9, 2018. I ask your continued prayers and generous financial support of this collection.
Sincerely in Christ,
+ Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia