Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Annual collection benefits ministry throughout the United States

the Inland Register

(From the May 21, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

The Collection for the Catholic Church in the United States was taken up the weekend of May 16-17 in parishes of the Spokane Diocese.

The collection is one of four annual collections in the diocese. The other three are the Annual Catholic Appeal, the Collection for the Catholic Church in the World, and the Catholic Charities Christmas Collection.

The Collection for the Catholic Church in the United States provides an opportunity to take constructive action “at home.”

Monies raised through the collection help fund ministries throughout the United States, as well as in Eastern Washington.

Project Hope Spokane creates opportunities for youth enrichment in Spokane’s West Central and Emerson-Garfield neighborhoods through community engagement, job training and education. (IR photo courtesy of the Office of Development Services)

One local ministry that benefits is “Project Hope,” which receives funding from a grant from the national Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

The grant funds enabled the organization to hire an executive director.

Project Hope employs seven individuals who serve over 55 low-income youth between the ages of 11-18.

Program participants learn how to grow organic produce, harvest it, and then sell it to the community at one of two neighborhood farmer’s markets. The youth start the season by making a business plan for each of the core programs: the urban farm, the farmer’s markets, and the neighborhood lawn-care business. They learn strategy, marketing, accounting, record keeping, customer service, and most important of all, leadership.

The Collection proceeds are donated to other ministries around the United States, including:

Black & Native American Missions: In 1885 the Church saw a need to minister to these two communities. The Church in Eastern Washington has received grants for Native American Ministries in places like Inchelium, Nespelem, Omak, Wellpinit and West End. These grants have helped with the training of lay catechists, evangelization, and religious education in parishes.

Catholic Home Missions: 80 out of the 191 U.S. dioceses are so isolated and remote that they are unable to provide the basic pastoral ministries of word, worship and services for their people.

The Catholic University of America: The only higher education institute founded by the U.S. bishops, with programs which emphasize liberal arts, professional education, and personal development. Laity represent 98 percent of the student body and it is open to all qualified students.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD): Last year CCHD provided grants for the following organizations in the Spokane Diocese: The Center for Justice, Habitat for Humanity, Transitions – New Leaf Bakery Café, the Spokane Community Land Trust, and the YMCA for their youth diversion program.

Retirement for Religious: This ministry brings vital support to retired men and women Religious.

Catholic Communications: Established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), this fund supports the development and production of a wide range of media programming, projects and resources that promote Gospel values and foster the pastoral teachings of the Catholic Church.

Donations may be given at the parish, or mailed to the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, P.O. Box 1453, Spokane, WA 99210-1453.

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