National and Diocesan Special Collection Schedules
Fechas de las Colectas Especiales Nacionales y Diocesanas

Special Collections, 2017

Colectas Especiales, 2017

* Events with asterisk (*) are Special Collections for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas
* Eventos con asterisco (*) son Colectas Especiales para la Diócesis Católica de Dallas

*Collection for Diocese of Trujillo, Honduras and Diocesan Mission Out
Colecta para Trujillo, Honduras

This annual collection supports the major portion of the work done through the Diocesan Mission Office for the benefit of our Sister Diocese, Trujillo, Honduras, where we provide educational, health, and pastoral support to the people in this diocese.


January 8, 2017

The Church in Latin America
Colecta para la Iglesia en América Latina

Support for various pastoral projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean is made possible through the Collection for the Church in Latin America. Projects are at the continental, regional, diocesan and local levels, and include the work of evangelization, formation of laity, religious and seminarians, as well as youth ministry and catechesis. Funding is limited to programmatic expenses and excludes building construction except in cases of emergency.

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January 29, 2017

*Bishop's Annual Appeal Pledge Weekend (NOT a second collection)
Compromiso de la Campaña Anual del Obispo

Our Catholic Appeal is an annual opportunity for every member of our faith family to share in the pastoral work of Christ by funding the important programs and ministries of the Diocese of Dallas. This critical operating support enables the Diocese to provide our people, parishes and schools with a wide variety of essential services that change lives –and souls.

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February 11-12, 2017

Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe
Colecta para la Iglesia en Europa Central y Oriental

This special collection channels aid through the bishops’ conferences of Central and Eastern Europe to meet the needs of rebuilding the Church: training seminarians and lay leaders, supporting social service programs, youth ministry, pastoral and catechetical centers, schools, church construction and renovation, and evangelization through Catholic mass media.

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March 1, 2017 (Ash Wednesday)

Black and Indian Missions
(no Spanish translation)

Mandated by the III Plenary Council in 1884, the 125 year old National Collection for Black and Indian people continues as the embodiment of the Church’s concern for evangelizing the Black and Indian peoples of the United States. The funds are distributed as grants to dioceses throughout the United States, supporting and strengthening evangelization programs which otherwise would cease. The Collection was formerly known as The Black and Indian Home Mission Collection.

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March 5, 2017 (First Sunday in Lent)

Catholic Relief Services
(no Spanish translation)

Provides funding for Catholic Relief Services; USCCB Office of International Justice and Peace, Migration and Refugee Services, and Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees; relief work of the Holy Father; and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.

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March 26, 2017
(Laetare Sunday)

The Holy Land
La Tierra Santa

Collects funds for support of the Holy Places, but above all for those pastoral, charitable, educational and social works which the Church supports in the Holy Land for the welfare of their Christian brethren and of the local communities.

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April 14, 2017
(Good Friday)

The Catholic Home Missions Appeal
Llamado para las Misiones Católicas

The Catholic Home Missions Appeal primarily supports dioceses in the United States and its territories that are unable to offer their people the basic pastoral ministries of word, worship, and service without outside help. The Appeal supports a wide range of pastoral services. It focuses principally on evangelization activities, religious education, and ministry training for priests, deacons, religious sisters and brothers, and laypeople, and support of poor parishes across the country.

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April 23, 2017

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
(One time collection in 2017)


May 14, 2017

The Catholic Communications Campaign
La Campaña Católica de la Comunicación (CCC)

The essential mission of the CCC is to contribute to the process of evangelization by fostering activities in relation to television, radio, internet, and other media, and through special projects of the Catholic press. An annual collection is taken up in the dioceses, which remit 50% of the funds collected to the National Office. From these funds, grants are made by the USCCB. The remaining portion of the collection is retained by the dioceses for use in local communication projects.

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May 28, 2017

Peter's Pence (Works of the Holy Father)
Colecta Peter's Pence (Las Obras del Santo Padre)

The Peter’s Pence Collection enables the Holy Father to respond with emergency financial assistance to requests to aid the neediest throughout the world--those who suffer as a result of war, oppression, and natural disasters. It likewise provides the faithful with a tangible opportunity to not only empower the weak, defenseless, and voiceless, but also sustain those who suffer.

[Parish Resources]


June 25, 2017

Solidarity of the Church in Africa
Fondo de Solidaridad para la Iglesia en África

The Pastoral Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa provides grants to finance pastoral projects that support the maintenance and growth of the Church in Africa, including outreach programs, schools, evangelization, and education of clergy and lay ministers.

[Parish Resources]


July 16, 2017

The Catholic University of America
La Universidad Católica de América

This collection provides funding for academic scholarships at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC in response to the commitment made by the bishops at its foundation in 1887. Catholic University is the only U.S. university with Pontifical faculties. Students are enrolled from all 50 states and almost 100 countries in 12 schools.

[Parish Resources]


September 3, 2017

World Mission Sunday
Domingo Mundial de las Misiones

In 1926 Pope Pius XI instituted Mission Sunday for the whole Church with the first worldwide Mission Sunday collection taking place in October 1927. The Mission Sunday collection is always taken on the next to last Sunday during the month of October. That day is celebrated in all the local Churches as the feast of catholicity and universal solidarity so Christians the world over will recognize their common responsibility with regard to the evangelization of the world.

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October 22, 2017

*Diocesan Priests Retirement
Colecta para los Padres diocesanos

The Diocese of Dallas is committed to caring for our retired priests. Please support our retired priests by contributing generously to the second collection.


October 29, 2017

Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
(This collection is held once every three years)

The Archdiocese for the Military Services was created by Pope John Paul II to provide the Catholic Church's full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces. This includes more than 220 installations in 29 countries, patients in 153 V.A. Medical Centers, and federal employees serving outside the boundaries of the USA in 134 countries. Numerically, the Archdiocese for the Military Services is responsible for more than 1.8 million men, women, and children. With no military or government financial assistance, the Archdiocese of the Military Services relies wholly on the generosity of the American Catholic community to operate its many programs and services.  For more information, visit


No collection in 2017

*Catholic Charities Sunday
Domingo de Caridades Católicas


November 12, 2017

Catholic Campaign for Human Development
La Campaña Católica de América

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development was mandated by the U.S. bishops to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and transformative education.

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November 19, 2017

*Catholic Foundation Sunday (For information only. There is no second collection)
Domingo de la Fundación Católica


November 26, 2017

Retirement Fund for Religious
Fondo para la Jubilación de Religiosos

The Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR) provides funding to any religious institute in the U.S. that is listed in the religious institute section of the OCD with an identifying OCD number, and that has an unfunded past service liability. It distributes direct care, planning and implementation assistance from the fund to religious institutes based on a formula and criteria approved by the conferences of major superiors and bishops.

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December 10, 2017