The Catholic Relief Services Collection
(formerly the American Bishops Overseas Appeal)
March 26-27, 2022
As events quickly evolve in Ukraine and other parts of the world, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and partnering Caritas teams are responding to urgent humanitarian needs, including evacuation, food and safe shelter.
Your help is needed in Ukraine where there is great risk of suffering both within Ukraine and for those who may flee to neighboring countries for safety. CRS and Caritas partners are responding and we need immediate support to meet both ongoing needs, as well as those related to families forced to flee their homes as the situation intensifies. CRS and Caritas partners are ready to provide safe shelter, hot meals, hygiene supplies, fuel to keep warm, transport to safe areas, counseling support and more.
Most Reverend Edward J. Burns has asked that Catholics in the Diocese of Diocese join him in responding to these needs through the second collection for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in all parishes on March 26-27. This collection provides funding for Catholic Relief Services, the USCCB Offices 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.
CRS and its partners need immediate support to meet both ongoing needs, as well as those related to families forced to flee their homes as the situation in Ukraine intensifies. In its emergency response efforts, CRS takes a holistic approach to comprehensively meet people’s immediate and long‑ term needs. These include food, water and safe, dignified shelter, as well as counseling and care for psychosocial needs, opportunities to strengthen livelihoods and the resources to rebuild homes.
Relief efforts cannot continue without your help. Your support provides immediate assistance for our Ukrainian sisters and brothers affected by this crisis.
During this time of Lent, the Church calls us to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Please respond generously through your prayerful and financial support.