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Second Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development

November 6, 2023

From the Office for Social Ministry

This year November 19 is the World Day of the Poor. On that Sunday, here in Hawaii all parishes will participate in the US Bishop’s annual national second collection in support of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development - CCHD, which helps people work together to respond to complex challenges of poverty across the United States. CCHD was founded in 1970 as a US Catholic Church’s response to systemic poverty. Over the last 50 years, CCHD has given more than $440 million in grants supporting parishioners’ involvement in 12,000 community-based organizations working to overcome poverty. More than 12,000 parishes are currently engaged with the work of CCHD-funded groups, enabling Catholics of all ages to address and transform poverty in their community and provide opportunities for parishioners to go out to the peripheries, to “touch and heal the wounds of others.”

It is important to remember that 25% of the annual CCHD collection in our diocese stays right here in Hawaii to help our local neighbors in need. Through the years, CCHD funds donated from our parishes have contributed to effective community efforts including helping survivors of natural disasters rebuild their lives, assisting formerly incarcerated or homeless women with transitional housing and job training, and supporting non-profit organizations helping low-income families build and own affordable housing.  Bishop Larry Silva’s 2023 letter for the annual CCHD collection expresses beautifully the essence of the US Bishops’ appeal to all in the diocese of Honolulu. “I strongly encourage all to give generously to the CCHD collection as a way of witnessing to Jesus by reaching out our hands to the poor and extending our arms to those in need.”

Contributing to the CCHD annual second collection at Mass is a way we all can share the abundance of God’s love and be nourished by the Eucharist to reach out to our brothers and sisters in need. For more on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, please visit www.usccb.org/committees/catholic-campaign-human-development. For more on CCHD supported ministry with vulnerable persons in Hawaii presented in short inspiring videos, please visit the website homepage www.officeforsocialministry.org. Mahalo.