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!


Catholic Communication Campaign - June 1-2, 2019

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We are taking up the collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC). Your support helps the CCC connect people to Christ, in the United States and around the world, through the Internet, television, radio, and print media. Half the funds we collect remain here in the Archdiocese of Atlanta to support local efforts. Be a part of this campaign to spread the Gospel message. Support the collection today! To learn more, visit

Hoy realizaremos la colecta para la Campaña Católica de la Comunicación (CCC). Tu apoyo ayuda a la CCC a conectar a las personas con Cristo, en Estados Unidos y alrededor del mundo, a través del Internet, la televisión, la radio y los medios impresos. La mitad de los fondos recaudados permanecen aquí en la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta para financiar los esfuerzos locales. Se parte de esta campaña para propagar el mensaje del Evangelio. ¡Apoya a la colecta hoy! Para informarte más, visita


Catholic Home Missions - April 27-28, 2019

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Our special collection supports the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Nearly half our country is considered mission territory. This appeal helps our brothers and sisters here in the United States who do not have access to basic pastoral services like Mass, the sacraments, and religious education. Through your support, the Catholic Home Missions Appeal helps these mission dioceses form vibrant faith communities and strengthens the Church at home.

Nuestra colecta especial apoya el Llamado para las Misiones Católicas. Casi la mitad de nuestro país es considerado territorio misionero. Este Llamado ayuda a nuestros hermanos y hermanas aquí en Estados Unidos quienes no tienen acceso a servicios pastorales básicos como la Misa, los sacramentos y la educación religiosa. A través de su apoyo, el Llamado para las Misiones Católicas ayuda a estas diócesis misioneras a formar comunidades de fe llenas de vida y fortalecer la Iglesia en casa.


Seminarians 2nd Collection - April 20-21, 2019

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Our second 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 almost 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 casi 50 hombres que en este momento se están preparando para servir en sacerdocio al norte de Georgia en un futuro.

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