The Oakland Diocese Office for Mission Advancement serves as a resource for parishes, schools, Diocesan agencies, ministries, and programs in the planning and implementation of stewardship, advancement programs and capital campaigns.
Below are the dates for the Oakland Diocese Office for Mission Advancement fundraising efforts, along with some of St. Joan of Arc’s special collections. Please note the St. Vincent de Paul Special Offerings occur on the 5th Sunday of the month and take place after Communion.
Diocesan offerings should be placed in a separate envelope and included in the offertory basket. You may use the special envelope you received with your Sunday envelopes, a yellow Parish Offering envelope found in the pew boxes or your own envelope with designation of where you would like your donation to go. You may also make donations electronically through the parish website Online Donations link.
|Throughout Lent||Catholic Relief Services: Rice Bowl|
|March 11||Catholic Relief Services
Provides funding for Catholic Relief Services; USCCB Office of International Justice and Peace, Migration and Refugee Services, and Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees; relief work of the Holy Father; and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.
|March 18||Easter Music and Flowers
Provides funding for the sights and sounds of our Easter celebration.
|March 30||Holy Land (Good Friday)
Pontifical Collection. Collect funds for support of 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
|April 29||* St. Vincent de Paul – 5th Sunday of the month. Collection after Communion.|
|May 13||Catholic Communications
The essential mission of the CCC is to contribute to the process of evangelization by fostering activities in relation to television, radio, internet, and other media, and through special projects of the Catholic press.
|May 20|| Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB)
To provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same.
|TBD||Missionary Cooperative Plan
Missionaries throughout the world come to our diocese to share the story of their missions and invite us to participate with our prayer and financial support. By responding to the pleas of missionaries, we can help those in need and better appreciate our own responsibility as missionaries. St. Joan of Arc will have someone from Missionaries of Faith, India speak to us. Please note that all donations will be pooled together and disbursed to all participating missions in equal shares.
|July 1||Holy Father (Peter’s Pence)
The Peter’s Pence Collection enables the Holy Father to respond with emergency financial assistance to requests to aid the neediest throughout the world–those who suffer as a result of war, oppression, and natural disasters. It likewise provides the faithful with a tangible opportunity to not only empower the weak, defenseless, and voiceless, but also sustain those who suffer.
|July 29||* St. Vincent de Paul – 5th Sunday of the month. Collection after Communion.|
|September 9||Priest Retirement
The Priests Retirement Benefits Trust provides for retired clergy of the diocese. With more and more priests reaching the age of retirement, 75, and more retired priests living longer, the cost for this trust has increased dramatically, and will continue to do so.
|September 30||* St. Vincent de Paul – 5th Sunday of the month. Collection after Communion.|
|October 7||Catholic Voice
Parishes are accepting donations for the annual collection to support the publication of The Catholic Voice, El Heraldo Católico, the annual Diocesan Directory and affiliated websites. The money donated in each collection remains in each parish to offset the parish’s support for The Voice and affiliated operations. Make the checks payable to your parish.
|October 21||World Mission Sunday and Home Mission Appeal
The World Mission Sunday and Home Mission Appeal collection (combines: Aid to the Church in Eastern Europe, Pastoral Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa, Black and Indian Missions, and Collection for the Church in Latin America). The Mission Sunday collection is always taken on the next to last Sunday during the month of October. That day is celebrated in all the local Churches as the feast of catholicity and universal solidarity so Christians the world over will recognize their common responsibility with regard to the evangelization of the world. For more information, please click here.
|November 18||Campaign for Human Development
The Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development allows funding for community and economic development projects. Your gift to this annual Collection is the primary means of support for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Together, we are taking poverty off the map, one community at a time.
|December 2||Christmas Music and Flowers
Provides funding for the sights and sounds of our Christmas season.
|December 9||Religious Retirement|
|December 30||* St. Vincent de Paul – 5th Sunday of the month. Collection after Communion.|