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!


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia Second Collection - September 21-22, 2019

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September 21-22: Today’s second collection is for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia. Last year, with more than 5,000 volunteers, and a dedicated central support staff, St. Vincent de Paul delivered hope and help over 116,000 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.

Púlpito septiembre 21-22: La segunda colecta de hoy es para la sociedad de St. Vincent de Paul Georgia. El año pasado, con más de 5.000 voluntarios y un personal de apoyo central dedicado, St. Vincent de Paul proporcionó esperanza y ayuda a más de 116.000 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 2nd Collection - August 31 - September 1, 2019

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This weekend, parishes in your arch/diocese will be taking up the National Collection for The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Now, more than ever, the University is strategically positioned to pave the way forward and help the laity play a significant role in healing.

Through hosting a conference series focused on laity response, and in creating an Institute for Diocesan Excellence in Administration (IDEA) where lay scholars and professionals can support clergy by providing expertise and accountability, Catholic University will serve as a springboard in renewing and strengthening Catholicism in our country.

Your support of the National Collection will help us solve issues within the Church and educate graduates who will leave campus ready to impact the Church, the nation, and the world. We appreciate your generosity.

You can learn more at:

Este fin de semana, las parroquias en su archi/diócesis tomarán la Colección Nacional de la Universidad Católica de América en Washington, DC Ahora, más que nunca, la Universidad está estratégicamente posicionada para allanar el camino y ayudar a los laicos a desempeñar un papel importante en curación.

Al organizar una serie de conferencias centradas en la respuesta de los laicos, y al crear un Instituto para la Excelencia Diocesana en Administración (IDEA) donde académicos y profesionales laicos pueden apoyar al clero proporcionando experiencia y responsabilidad, la Universidad Católica servirá como un trampolín para renovar y fortalecer el catolicismo en nuestro país.

Su apoyo a la Colección Nacional nos ayudará a resolver problemas dentro de la Iglesia y educar a los graduados que dejarán la escuela listos para impactar a la Iglesia, la nación y el mundo. Apreciamos tu generosidad

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Mission Cooperative Collection - July 13-14, 2019

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Through our second collection today, we participate in the Mission Cooperative Program of the archdiocese.  Several different mission organizations, religious orders and financially struggling (arch)dioceses will directly benefit from your generosity.  Thank you for your charitable response last year and please give generously in today’s collection.

Hoy, a través de la segunda colecta, participamos en el Programa Cooperativo de Misiones de la Arquidiócesis. Su generosidad beneficiará a distintas organizaciones, comunidades religiosas, arquidiócesis y diócesis que atraviesan dificultades económicas. Agradecemos su respuesta caritativa del año pasado, y le pedimos que sean generosos en la colecta de hoy.

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