Types of Funds / Second Collections

Types of Funds

Regular Collection and Holy Day Collections

These contributions provide the funding needed to support our numerous ministries and programs as well as cover our normal operating expenses and, on occasion, provide the funds needed for special, one-time projects.

Building Collection

Donations to this fund provide for the routine maintenance and repairs needed to operate both the Cathedral and the church office and grounds.

School Collection

While students attending our grade school pay tuition, additional funds are needed to support the educational efforts, as well as maintain the school building and grounds.  While the school receives some grants and educational assistance from outside sources, the Cathedral parishioner support is critical to the school’s budget.

Msgr. J. Carson LaCaze Tuition Assistance Fund

This fund was established for Cathedral families in honor and in recognition of Msgr.’s love of Catholic schools. Msgr. LaCaze was an adamant supporter of Catholic education helping build and maintain strong Catholic schools throughout north and central Louisiana.

Flower Fund

The beautiful flowers that adorn our altars and church areas are made possible through parishioner contributions to this fund. In addition, donations for the gorgeous displays at Christmas and Easter help to commemorate loved ones, living and deceased.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

This is an international Catholic lay organization offering person-to-person service to those in need including financial assistance, food and consultation. Donated funds help to support the Cathedral’s two conferences: St. John Berchmans and St. Catherine’s.

One Life Group

The ministry efforts of this organization focus on all aspects of Pro Life, from birth to natural death.  The largest current expenditure is for the billboard located on Kings Highway, close to the abortion clinic, which has caused many mothers to choose life over the death of their babies and has changed the minds of some of the abortion clinic workers.  All donations made to help defray this cost are greatly appreciated.

40 Days for Life Group

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power in a spirit of unity through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life.  40 Days for Life takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families.  It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion.  The 40-day campaign tracks Biblical history, where God used 40-day periods to transform individuals, communities and the entire world.

Organ Fund

Our wonderful organ, inaugurated in Oct. 2011, was made possible through the generous support of many of our parishioners who realized the beauty and magnificence that this instrument would bring to our liturgies.  Now that the organ debt is paid in full, funding is still needed for the periodic tuning and maintenance of this fine instrument.

Cathedral Capital Projects 2035

In “building on the tradition” of previous generations, we continue renovation and expansion of our church and school facilities that will position us to serve the needs of our ever-growing parish community now and into the future. Donations and pledges to accomplish this ambitious project are greatly needed.

Second/Special Collections

Catholic Schools

This collection supports the Catholic Schools within the Diocese of Shreveport exclusively.

The National Black and Indian Mission Collection

Since 1884, proceeds from the Black and Indian Missions Collection (BIM) are distributed as grants to dioceses supporting and strengthening evangelization programs, which would otherwise be in danger of disappearing among the Black, American Indian, Eskimo, and Aleute communities of the United States.  For more information please write: The Commission for the Catholic Missions Among the Colored People and the Indians, 2021 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20006-4207 or visit the website. or call (202) 331-8542 for more information.

Catholic Relief Services (Rice Bowl)

The Catholic Relief Services Collection supports Catholic Church organizations that carry out international relief and solidarity efforts.  Programs include relief and resettlement for victims of persecution, war, and natural disasters; development projects to improve living conditions for the poor; legal and support services for poor immigrants; peace and reconciliation work for people suffering from violence; and advocacy on behalf of the powerless.  In keeping with the theme “Help Jesus in Disguise,” the funds collected through the CRS Collection support vital Catholic programs that share in the Catholic mission of promoting the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person.
In a press release dated September 11, 2013, the U.S. bishops stated their full support of CRS:
“The U.S. Catholic bishops stand firmly behind CRS in its commitment to promote and defend human dignity and the sacredness of every human life from the moment of conception until natural death, and at every moment in between.”
Funds acquired from the CRS Collection are distributed to these six organizations:  Catholic Relief Services: For international relief and development; Migration and Refugee Services: For refugee resettlement; Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC): For immigration legal services; Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development” For advocacy; Holy Father’s Relief Fund: For emergency relief; Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church: For evangelization and ministry.

Holy Land (Good Friday)

In the words of Paul VI, the Collection for the Holy Land is “not only for the Holy Places but above all for those pastoral, charitable, educational, and social works which the Church supports in the Holy Land for the welfare of their Christian brethren and of the local communities.”    Paul VI, The Church in the Holy Land (Nobis in Animo) (Rome: March 25, 1974) in The Pope Speaks (Washington, D.C.: TPS),19: 1, pp. 5-11.

Church Vocations

This collection supports the religious development programs within the Diocese of Shreveport exclusively.

Home Mission Appeal

The bishops’ Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions is a grant-making agency.  It offers financial support to missionary activities that strengthen the Catholic Church in the United States, and in its territories and former territories.  Through its annual fundraising campaign, Catholic Home Missions educates American Catholics about mission needs and invites them to assist fellow Catholics in the practice of the faith.  The Appeal primarily supports home mission dioceses, that is, those dioceses in the United States that are unable to offer their people the basic pastoral ministries of word, worship, and service without outside help.  It may also give grants to other dioceses in the U.S. for particular projects, and to organizations and religious communities engaged in missionary work.  The Subcommittee funds a wide range of pastoral services.  However, it principally focuses on (1) evangelization activities, (2) religious education, (3) ministry training for priests, deacons, religious sisters and brothers, and laypeople; (4) support of poor parishes across the country.

Retired Priests’ Fund

This collection supports the retired religious priests within the Diocese of Shreveport exclusively.

Catholic Communication Campaign

This is a way that each of us can follow the call to enter into the world of news media and digital networks.  Pope Francis emphasized the importance of this endeavor during his first audience with members of the media on March 16, 2013, saying: “Be assured that the Church, for her part, highly esteems your important work.” The Pope has given us an example of witnessing through new media, by his tweets and his daily homilies.  Through Internet, television, radio, and newspapers, the Catholic Church uses media to spread the gospel message both locally and nationally.  Half of all donations collected in our diocese stays in our diocese to support your local communications needs.
The message for this year’s 48th World Day for Communications emphasizes the importance of human relationships within social networks.  Pope Francis reminds us that “communication is ultimately a human rather than a technological achievement”. “When we join in these networks as authentic witnesses of our Christian faith, we bring the light of Christ to others.” The Catholic Communication Campaign helps us to grow in faith, worship, and witness.

Peter’s Pence

In his address of March 20, 2013, Pope Francis spoke of our responsibility before the world and creation. “There is much that we can do to benefit the poor, the needy and those who suffer, and to favor justice, promote reconciliation and build peace,” he said.  The Peter’s Pence Collection unites us in solidarity to the Holy See and its works of charity to those in need.  Your generosity allows the Pope to respond to our brothers and sisters who are suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster and disease.

Hispanic Ministry

This collection supports this ministry within the Diocese of Shreveport exclusively.

Aid to Church in Latin America

This campaign highlights the faith of Latin America and the many opportunities we have to share faith with them.  We also recognize the tremendous benefit of having them in the Church and the revitalization their fervor brings to the faith.  In addition to offering our help and support to the Catholics of Latin America, we have much to learn from them.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops invite you to aid our faithful brothers and sisters in the Catholic Church of Latin America.

Aid to Church in Central and Eastern Europe

The countries in Central and Eastern Europe have faced many years of hardship.  They have been oppressed by czars, radical communism, horrendous crimes against humanity, and revolutionary, civil, and world wars.  Under communism, organized religion was opposed in favor of atheism to overthrow the power of the Russian Orthodox Church.  Since the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991, Central and Eastern European countries have been working to rebuild political structure, social welfare and their economies.  The USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Central and Eastern Europe funds projects in 28 countries to build the pastoral capacity of the Church and to rebuild and restore the faith in these countries.  The funds collected in the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe are used to grant monies to support seminaries, social service programs, youth ministry, pastoral centers, church construction and renovation, and Catholic communications projects.

The Catholic University of America Collection

The Catholic University of America, located in Washington, D.C., is the national university of the Catholic Church.  Founded in 1887, CUA offers students an excellent education in a faith-filled atmosphere that is grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition.  The Collection for The Catholic University of America underwrites scholarships to assist financially deserving students in completing their education at CUA in over 50 disciplines.

World Mission Sunday

By Baptism, all Catholics are called to participate in the mission of the Church, called to share their faith as missionaries. World Mission Sunday gathers support for the pastoral and evangelizing programs and needs of more than 1,150 mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and remote regions of Latin America.  The funds gathered on World Mission Sunday are distributed in the pope’s name by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith—a Pontifical Mission Society.

Campaign for Human Development

This annual national collection is the primary source of funding for CCHD’s anti-poverty grants and education programs. These programs enable low-income people to join together to identify problems, make decisions and improve their communities. For over 40 years, CCHD has funded organizations that address the root causes of poverty, providing lasting solutions for the future. CCHD brings the Gospel message to issues of social justice.  The projects funded by CCHD focus on long-term solutions to poverty.  This complements the work of direct-assistance programs like Catholic Charities and pro-life activities.  Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from each CCHD collection stay in each diocese to fight poverty and foster liberty and justice at the local level. CCHD uses the national portion of the collection to fund projects across the country through grants.  These grants fund community efforts to promote human dignity and fight poverty.  Many of the funded projects focus on health care, immigration, community safety, political participation and environmental justice.  More information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is available at http://www.povertyusa.org/.  For collection materials and other resources, visit http://www.usccb.org/ and search “CCHD Collection Resources.”

The Retirement Fund for Religious

The Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR) distributes grants to religious institutions for the retirement needs of senior religious priests, brothers, and sisters.  A lifetime of prayer and service unites nearly 34,000 senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who benefit from the Retirement Fund for Religious.  These religious often ministered for little pay, resulting in today’s shortage of retirement savings.  Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious helps provide prescription medications, nursing care, and more.

Infirm Priests’ Fund

This collection supports this ministry within the Diocese of Shreveport exclusively.

U.S. Archdiocese for Military Services

This collection is taken up every three years, 2014, 2017, etc.  Currently, 285 Catholic military chaplains provide pastoral care to over 1.5 million Catholics on ships, in combat, on bases and in 153 VA hospitals.  This collection will fund their Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program, which identifies vocations within the military and is now educating 30 men for the priesthood and subsequent military chaplaincy.

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