Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Kellyville

Diocesan parishioners urged to be generous at the Good Friday collection for the Holy Land


Diocese of Parramatta with Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America

Very Rev Peter G Williams
Very Rev Peter G Williams.

The Administrator of the Diocese of Parramatta, Very Rev Peter G Williams, has urged the people of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta to give generously to the 2015 collection for the sacred places in the Holy Land.

“The Good Friday collection presents a unique opportunity for the people of the Diocese to help this very important part of our Christian heritage that plays a vital role in not only maintaining our sacred places in the Holy Land, but plays a vital role in promoting peace and prayer in the region,” Fr Williams said.

Every Good Friday a collection is taken up in every Catholic Church around the world to support the people and places of the Holy Land. Christians of the Holy Land rely heavily on the help that comes to them during this special moment of the year. In 2014, the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta contributed $108,587.09 through the Good Friday collection.

The Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land have the unique responsibility of caring for the Holy Places as well as caring for the Christians living in the Holy Land.

The Good Friday Collection is used to support the programs below:

Faith, Memory & Culture – The Holy Places

Holy Land Franciscans staff and maintain the Holy places and shrines. This enables those who live in the Holy Land and those who visit to deepen their faith and their spiritual and cultural connection to Salvation history.

Social & Charitable Activities

In order to assist Christians to remain in the Holy Land, including the poor and young couples, the Custody builds thousands of residential units. Additionally, they build senior care facilities. Medical assistance is provided for the needy.

Educational & Scientific Activities

The Franciscans operate and support schools open to all, regardless of religion or nationality. They provide scholarships for students to prepare them to get jobs and remain in the Holy Land as part of living Catholic communities. Funds are distributed to young men studying to become Franciscan priests or brothers. Finally, Franciscan archaeologists pursue ongoing research at the Holy Places discovering historical artifacts.

Pastoral Activities

The Franciscans provide pastoral care in 29 parishes in the Holy Land offering Worship, Christian Formation, youth and family programs.

Liturgical, Ecumenical and Communications Programs

The Franciscan Media Centre  tells the story of the Holy Land through multimedia distributed throughout the world in more than seven languages. The friars organize Liturgical Celebrations for the local Christians and Pilgrims and share with other Christian communities in the Holy Land in ongoing Ecumenical cooperation.

How to give

A special collection will be taken up in your Parish at the Good Friday liturgies.

For more resources and  information about the Holy Land collection visit: http://www.myfranciscan.org/our-mission/the-good-friday-collection/

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