Holy Land Collection


For 800 years, the Holy Land Franciscans have served in the land made holy by the life, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus.

The annual Holy Land Collection, usually taken up on Good Friday, will this year be held in the diocese as an online collection on 15 November 2020 (World Day of the Poor).

Pope Francis has asked our parishes to support the collection which helps Christians in the Holy Land.

Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools and offer religious education. The Holy Land Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines. The wars, unrest and instability have been especially hard on Christians. In these times of crisis, the Holy Land Collection provides humanitarian aid to refugees.

When you contribute to the Holy Land Collection, you become an instrument of peace and join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land.

 

Why donate to the Holy Land Collection?

 

Our connection to the Holy Land

During Holy Week, the Gospel readings come to life in a special way as we gather to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The readings remind us of our special connection to the land where this great story unfolded.

Supporting the church in the Holy Land is an historic mission

Since the time of St Paul, who urged his missionary Churches not to forget the needs of the Church in Jerusalem, Christians worldwide have understood the responsibility to support the land where Jesus walked.

It has never been easy to be a Christian in the Holy Land

In these challenging times in the Middle East, Christians are experiencing unique hardships. We have an opportunity to help them through the Holy Land Collection.

Christians in the Holy Land face special challenges

Christians in the Holy Land face special challenges, many of which we hear about in the daily news. The political, religious and military challenges in the Holy Land are more complex than ever. The wars, unrest and instability have been especially hard on Christians. Supporting the Holy Land Collection offers hope to the Holy Land Christians.

Who are these Christians?

Christians living in the Holy Land today are descendants of those who first believed and lived the Christian faith. It is important that Christians continue to live, work and pray in the Holy Land.

An opportunity to express solidarity

The Holy Land Collection offers all Catholics an opportunity to express their solidarity with Christians in the Holy Land. A donation to the Holy Father’s annual appeal is a direct way to make a difference in the lives of those caught up in war, violence and instability in this region.

What has been accomplished?

Last year’s Holy Land Collection:

  • Supported 29 parishes, four homes for orphans, three academic institutions
  • Helped keep schools open for over 10,000 pre-K through grade 12 students
  • Supported 120 men preparing to be priests or brothers
  • Helped rehabilitate 80 homes for Christian families
  • Provided senior care facilities in Bethlehem and Nazareth
  • Created 1,500 jobs in the Holy Land for Christians
  • Preserved 54 shrines connected with the life of Jesus and the prophets

Ways to donate to the Holy Land Collection

The annual Holy Land Collection, usually taken up on Good Friday, will this year be held in the diocese as an online collection on 15 November 2020 (World Day of the Poor). You can make your donation* in a variety of ways below:

ONLINE—CREDIT CARD

The easiest way to donate is via our secure online credit card payment option at the following link.

Make a credit card Donation

PHONE

If you would prefer to donate over the phone, please call one of our friendly team members at the Office of the Bishop on (02) 4222 2446 from Monday to Friday: 8:30am–4.30pm, to make your donation.

* Donations made to the Holy Land Appeal are non tax-deductible.

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