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Catholic Home Missions Appeal

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Catholic Home Missions Appeal


Home mission dioceses are located all across the United States, including the Deep South, Appalachia, and the Rocky Mountains. These dioceses lack the resources to provide their faithful with basic pastoral care, including the sacraments, religious education, and ministry training. Home mission dioceses often struggle with priest shortages, parishioner poverty, unemployment, difficult and isolated terrain, religious hostility, and other circumstances that make it difficult to practice the faith. The Catholic Home Missions Appeal strengthens the Church in the United States by providing yearly grants to support programs in home mission dioceses, which make up over 40% of all US dioceses. In the Diocese of Oakland, the Catholic Home Missions will be celebrated with World Mission Sunday which is always on the next-to-last Sunday of October.


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There are over 80 home mission dioceses in the United States. These dioceses are unable to fund essential pastoral work, such as religious education, seminarian formation, and lay ministry training, without assistance. Because of this, they struggle to serve the unique needs of their communities. Through your support, the Catholic Home Missions Appeal helps to ease the struggle of these dioceses and to form vibrant faith communities. Please help strengthen the Church at home by giving generously to this appeal. 


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As we approach the Catholic Home Missions Appeal, donation envelopes will be mailed to your local parish to extend your generosity for this year's event. However, if you would like to make a contribution before then, donations can be made payable to the Propagation of the Faith and mailed to the following address:

Office of the Propagation of the Faith c/o Diocese of Oakland
2121 Harrison Street, Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94612

NOTEThe Diocese of Oakland combines both The Catholic Home Missions Appeal and World Mission Sunday into one collection date. Both parish donations and independent mail donations will be divided equally. 

The Catholic Home Missions Appeal is sponsored by the Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 3211 Fourth Street NE, Washington, DC 20017-1194