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Peter’s Pence National Collection
July 1, 2017 - July 3, 2017
“A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” — Pope Francis, Angelus
In lieu of a second collection, the Stewardship Committee has authorized a donation of $2,000 on behalf of STM parishioners to support the national collection for Peter’s Pence. This helps our Holy Father respond to those who suffer as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster and disease.
The Peter’s Pence Collection has ancient Christian roots, linking back to the New Testament times when people would provide material support to those preaching the Gospel to distribute to those in need (see Acts 4:34–35, 11:29). Today the collection is the way we as members of the Catholic Church unite ourselves to the concerns of the Holy Father. Donations to this collection support the charitable works of Pope Francis for the assistance of those most in need.
Pope Francis reminds us, “The Lord … enables us to see with his eyes of love and compassion those who hunger and thirst, strangers and prisoners, the marginalized and the outcast, the victims of oppression and violence.” By opening our eyes to the suffering and injustice in the world, we can open our hearts to the call of Pope Francis that “efforts be made everywhere to promote the culture of encounter, justice and reciprocal respect, which alone can guarantee the spiritual and material welfare of all people.”
Your donations are a witness of charity and help the Holy See reach out compassionately to those who are marginalized. For more information, visit the U.S. Bishops’ webpage about Peter’s Pence.