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Good Friday collection to support Holy Land

April 2, 2010

Collection for the Holy Land
By Portland Archdiocese,

The collection for the support of the Church in the Holy Land will be taken in parishes on Good Friday, April 2, 2010. The collection assists the Franciscans in the Holy Land, who have been directed by the Church to care for the holy places there. They have been serving in the Holy Land for almost 800 years. They maintain and care for the shrines and chapels, operate schools, care for the poor by providing housing and health care, and offer pastoral care for the 29 parishes in the area and provide spiritual direction for pilgrims.

The Holy Land Custody of the Franciscans operates the three largest parishes in the area: Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem. They serve the pastoral needs of those visiting the places where Jesus lived and visited. They also serve in Lebanon and Syria, serve the Arab-speaking Christian communities and also serve Hebrew speaking Christians. The pastoral work includes catechesis, celebrating the sacraments, youth ministry, and assisting the poor and needy.

Catholics in the Archdiocese of Portland are asked to join Catholics throughout the United States in assisting the pastoral ministry and the upkeep of the shrines, chapels and monasteries located in the Holy Land. Parishioners are encouraged to be generous in their support of the Collection for the Holy Land on Good Friday.

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