The second collection on Aug. 26-27 weekend will support two important programs of the Church in the U.S. — the Catholic Communication Campaign and the Catholic University of America.

The Catholic Communications Campaign, in partnership with our diocesan communications office, has been our voice in the national media by educating, entertaining, inspiring and informing the public about Gospel values. Since 50 percent of the contributions to the Catholic Communications annual campaign remain in our diocese, this collection helps to support our weekly televised Masses and various catechetical video programs. A much larger communications strategy is being planned for the future.

The financial sacrifices made by Catholic parents to provide a Catholic college education today are significant.  The funds collected for the Catholic University of America Campaign will help to defray these costs in the form of financial aid through scholarships to students who would not otherwise be able to attend.