Laetere Sunday Special Collection - March 31, 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,
On Laetare Sunday, March 31, 2019, Catholics throughout the United States are being asked to help support the Catholic Relief Services Collection. Your support of this collection serves Jesus in disguise in some of the most marginalized communities in our world. Proceeds from this national collection provide services for immigrants and refugees, humanitarian aid in the wake of natural disasters, and advocacy for peace and justice around the world.

Please join in this collection to support those suffering on the margins around the world.For example, in rural communities in Afghanistan, for example, children have limited access to education because of distance and the danger of commuting to public schools. In a remote village in Ghor, one of the poorest provinces of the country, an estimated 80% of adults are illiterate, and the illiteracy rate is even higher for women. Most villagers are farmers who never attended school. The closest school was too far and the road too dangerous for young children to attend. Your generosity made it possible for the children to attend school and has offered them a more hopeful and secure future. Such programs have been implemented across Afghanistan for 15 years and have helped more than 23,000 students build more prosperous lives.

Your support of this collection makes a difference for so many around the world. Please prayerfully consider how you can support it this year. If you want to learn more about the collection and the people who benefit, please visit www.usccb.org/catholic-relief.Support the collection, and answer the knock of Jesus in disguise.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Michael J. Sheridan
Bishop of Colorado Springs