Second Collection Information

Why Have Second Collections?

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!


St. Vincent de Paul Society 2nd Collection - September 22-23, 2018

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Today’s second collection is for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia. Last year, with more than 4,000 volunteers, and a dedicated central support staff, St. Vincent de Paul delivered hope and help over 129,000 people in need. This second collection is special because each dollar raised goes not only to helping people in our parish area but also to helping people in need across the state. Our gifts to this collection go directly to provide emergency shelter, food, clothing and educational resources to those experiencing hardship and crisis with the ultimate goal of achieving self-sufficiency. We can, like Christ, serve the poorest of the poor among us through our wholehearted support of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia. Please be generous.

La segunda colecta de hoy es para la sociedad de St. Vincent de Paul Georgia. El año pasado, con más de 4.000 voluntarios y un personal de apoyo central dedicado, St. Vincent de Paul proporcionó esperanza y ayuda a más de 129.000 personas necesitadas. Esta segunda colecta es especial porque cada dólar recaudado va a ayudar no solo a las personas en nuestra zona parroquial, sino también a aquellos necesitados en todo el estado. Nuestros donativos a esta colecta van directamente a proporcionar refugios de emergencia, alimentos, vestimenta y educación a quienes experimentan dificultades y crisis con el objetivo final de lograr la autosuficiencia. Podemos, como Cristo, servir a los más pobres de los pobres entre nosotros, a través de nuestro apoyo incondicional a St. Vincent de Paul Georgia. Por favor sea generoso.


Catholic University of America Second Collection - September 1-2, 2018

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This special second collection is for The Catholic University of America, unique among universities in the United States, as the national university of the Catholic Church. Nearly one third of all of the U.S. bishops, archbishops, and cardinals in our country are alumni, along with over 12,400 living priests and religious from around the world. Located in Washington, DC, the university provides an education based in Catholic intellectual tradition to nearly 7,000 students through its 12 schools – that include arts & sciences, music, engineering, philosophy, social work, law, and business, in addition to ecclesiastical degrees in canon law and theology. Your contributions will strengthen the work of our top scholars, many of whom help to explain catholic social teaching to the rest of the world. It will also support scholarships for students in our diocese and others in achieving our mission of preparing the next generation of leadership for our Church and nation – including those studying to become our future priests and religious. We appreciate your generosity.

La segunda colecta especial es para la Universidad Católica de América – única entre las universidades de los Estados Unidos – es la Universidad Nacional de la Iglesia Católica. Casi un tercio de todos los obispos de Estados Unidos, arzobispos y cardenales en nuestro país son ex alumnos, junto con más de 12.400 sacerdotes que viven y religiosos de todo el mundo. Situado en Washington, DC , la universidad ofrece una educación basada en la tradición intelectual católica a cerca de 7.000 estudiantes a través de sus 12 escuelas - que incluyen artes y las ciencias, música, ingeniería, filosofía, trabajo social, derecho y negocios, además de los grados eclesiásticos en el derecho canónico y teología. Sus contribuciones fortalecer el trabajo de nuestras principales estudiosos, muchos de los cuales ayudan a explicar la doctrina social católica en el resto del mundo. También apoyará las becas para los estudiantes en nuestra diócesis y otras personas en el logro de nuestra misión de preparar a la próxima generación de líderes para nuestra Iglesia y de la nación - incluyendo aquellos que estudian para convertirse en nuestros futuros sacerdotes y religiosos. Apreciamos su generosidad.


Peter's Pence Collection - June 30 – July 1, 2018

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Our second collection today is for Peter’s Pence, a worldwide collection that supports the charitable works of Pope Francis. Funds from this collection help victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters. Take this opportunity to join with Pope Francis and be a witness of charity to our suffering brothers and sisters. Please be generous today. For more information, visit

Nuestra segunda colecta de hoy es para Peter’s Pence, una colecta mundial que ayuda a financiar las obras de caridad del papa Francisco. Los fondos de esta colecta ayudan a las víctimas de la guerra, de la opresión y de desastres naturales. Tomen esta oportunidad para unirse al papa Francisco y sean unos testigos de la caridad para nuestros hermanos y hermanas que sufren. Por favor, sean generosos hoy. Para más información, visiten

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