Why Have a Second Collection?

A Stewardship Moment

“Discipleship means that we care about one another. Discipleship means that the needs of the Church touch our hearts and inspire us to tend to the needs of others—whether those impacted by local floods and hurricanes that destroy the lives of people in our own nation or in lands that we have only just read about. It seems that all we require is a reminder of the need, and we open our lives in concern for other. It is a tradition that Paul began for the ancient Church, and we have been having ‘second collections’ since then—with no end in sight, as long as there is a need that we find!” – Archbishop Wilton Gregory

Second collections are a stewardship learning moment.  As Catholics we are part of a universal Church that extends well beyond our own parish boundaries.  Jesus calls us to “make disciples of all nations” (Mt. 28:19).  Through the second collection, we have a ready opportunity to give to those causes held up by our Church leaders as important in fulfilling that call of Our Lord.

Second collections develop international awareness of the needs of those beneficiaries—whether   an Indian child on a North Dakota reservation or a pilgrim to the Holy Land.  The bishops in the United States created the national collections so that by combining our resources we can more effectively carry out our mission as Catholics.  Each of the collections is worthy of support and represents our community of faith at its best—working in the world, improving lives, and saving souls.

Donor Rights

We take our donors’ intentions seriously.  The Archdiocese of Atlanta has adopted a “Donor Bill of Rights.” to assure you that the gifts you give, whether at the parish level or the archdiocesan level, will be used for the purposes for which they were given.  For example, when a second collection is held for the Catholic Relief Fund, donors can be confident that their financial gift is being forwarded to Catholic Relief Services.

If for some reason, a donor does not wish to support an organization designated for the second collection, they need only withhold their second collection gift on that particular Sunday.

Upcoming Second Collections

Please view these collections in the light of stewardship and of sharing. God has given us our life and our prosperity; it is right and just that we give something back helping people in our own country and throughout the world.

Thank you for your generous response!

Second Collection for Hispanic Ministries In the Archdiocese of Atlanta January 18-19, 2020

The Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Atlanta has been serving the Hispanic population for approximately forty years. Today it continues to offer pastoral, social and legal assistance to a Hispanic population estimated at over 500,000 residents. The archdiocese, recognizing the Hispanic presence, tries to respond to the needs of the Hispanics in their own language and in their own cultural context. It is important to note that all contributions will benefit Hispanic ministries within our own archdiocese.   Following are bulletin and pulpit announcements should you wish to use them.


La Iglesia Católica de Atlanta ha estado sirviendo a la población hispana por aproximadamente cuarenta años. Hoy continúa ofreciendo ayuda pastoral, social, y legal a la población de hispanos que se estima en más de 500.000 residentes. La Arquidiócesis reconoce la presencia hispana y trata de responder a las necesidades de los hispanohablantes en su propio idioma y en su propio contexto cultural. Es importante recalcar que todas las contribuciones beneficiarán a los ministerios hispanos dentro de nuestra propia arquidiócesis.  A continuación, se sugieren anuncios del boletín y desde el púlpito que podrían utilizarse si se desea.

Last Updated: December 19, 2019

Catholic Charities Christmas Second Collection – December 24-25, 2019

Today’s second collection benefits Catholic Charities Atlanta. Last year, Catholic Charities served over 16,000 families and individuals. When families are barely keeping things together, one unexpected challenge can completely disrupt everything. Within a short period of time that “one” problem begins to impact nearly every facet of the family’s life.

Your gift to Catholic Charities will allow them to continue to share the gift of hope this Christmas season. Every donation—large or small—nourishes the hope of those most vulnerable and helps families get back on the road to independence.  Please give generously to the 2nd collection today!


La segunda colecta de hoy beneficiará a Caridades Católicas de Atlanta.  Caridades Católicas ayudó a mas de 16.000 familias e individuos el año pasado. Cuando las familias apenas pueden mantenerse a flote, cualquier problema inesperado puede desequilibrar todo completamente. Dentro de un corto período de tiempo "ese" problema comienza a afectar casi todas las áreas de la vida familiar.

Su donación a Caridades Católicas le permitirá a esas familias seguir compartiendo el regalo de la esperanza durante esta temporada de Navidad. Toda donación – grande o pequeña — alimenta la esperanza de aquellos más vulnerables y ayuda a las familias a volver al camino hacia la independencia.  ¡Por favor done generosamente a la segunda colecta de hoy!

Last Updated: November 19, 2019

2nd Collection for the 2019 Retirement Fund for Religious – December 7-8, 2019

Give in thanksgiving. “The nuns left lasting impressions on me,” writes a donor. “I shall always be grateful for my Catholic education.” Please join in thanking the thousands of senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who worked tirelessly to educate the young and serve those in need. Next week’s second collection is for the Retirement Fund for Religious, which helps hundreds of religious communities care for aging members. Please give generously.


Apoye a los religiosos y religiosas ancianos. Nuestra segunda colecta está asignada al Fondo para la Jubilación de Religiosos. Muchos miembros mayores en comunidades de religiosas, religiosos y sacerdotes de órdenes católicas sirvieron con poco o ningún pago. Hoy día, esas comunidades a menudo carecen de ahorros suficientes para cubrir las necesidades de su jubilación. Su donativo ayuda a proporcionar fondos vitales para medicamentos, enfermeros y más, para cientos de miles de religiosos ancianos. También ayuda a asegurar que los miembros más jóvenes puedan continuar el buen trabajo que iniciaron sus mayores. Sean generosos.

Last Updated: November 19, 2019

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