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!

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Collection for Retired Religious - December 8-9, 2018

8.92 MB | Updated: November 5, 2018

Aging religious need your help. Senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests ministered for years for little to no pay. Their sacrifices now leave their religious communities without adequate retirement savings. Your gift to today’s second collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious helps to provide medications, nursing care, and more for tens of thousands of elderly religious. Please be generous.


Los religiosos ancianos necesitan su ayuda. Hermanas, hermanos y sacerdotes católicos de órdenes religiosas de edad avanzada laboraron durante muchos años con poco o ningún pago. Sus sacrificios ahora dejan a sus comunidades religiosas sin ahorros suficientes para su jubilación. Su donativo a la segunda colecta de hoy al Fondo para la Jubilación de Religiosos proporciona fondos vitales para medicamentos, enfermeros y más, para cientos de miles de religiosos ancianos. Sean generosos.

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Catholic Campaign for Human Development - November 17-18, 2018

323.71 KB | Updated: October 8, 2018

The collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) provides funding for groups that make lasting change and uplift the poor in the United States. CCHD’s grants improve education, support economic development, and create affordable housing in low-income neighborhoods. Help us continue to defend human dignity and build communities of solidarity. Please give to the CCHD Collection.


La colecta para la Campaña Católica para el Desarrollo Humano (CCHD) proporciona fondos para grupos que ocasionan cambios duraderos y ayudan y respaldan a los pobres en los Estados Unidos. Los donativos de CCHD mejoran la educación, financian el desarrollo económico y crean viviendas asequibles en vecindarios de bajos recursos. Ayúdenos a continuar defendiendo la dignidad humana y construir comunidades de solidaridad. Por favor, contribuya a la colecta para CCHD.

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Archdiocesan Seminarians Second Collection - November 3-4, 2018

221.19 KB | Updated: October 3, 2018

This collection today is for the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  We have been blessed with many vocations to the priesthood and your prayers and generous gifts today support over 50 men who are now preparing for future priestly service in north Georgia.


Nuestra segunda colecta de hoy está destinada a los seminaristas de la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta.  Hemos sido bendecidos con muchas vocaciones sacerdotales, y sus oraciones y ofrendas abundantes de hoy ayudan a más de 50 hombres que en este momento se están preparando para servir en sacerdocio al norte de Georgia en un futuro.

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