Welcome to the North Central Lieutenancy
Good Friday Collection Page

 

The Pontifical Good Friday Collection, also known as the "Collecta pro Locis Sanctis", is the result of the Pope's wishes for the bond between all Christians in the world and the Holy Places to remain strong.

The collection is taken up in Catholic Churches around the world to support the work of the Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land. Christians there rely heavily on the assistance that comes to them from this collection. The Franciscans of the Custody have the unique responsibility to care for the Holy Places as well the Christians, known as the "Living Stones" of our faith. Supporting this collection helps maintain a Christian presence in the very land made holy by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This is the fourth year of the North Central Lieutenancy's initiative to help promote the Good Friday Collection, which has the blessing and appreciation of the Franciscan Custody. The goal of this initiative is to increase the awareness of our fellow Catholics about the Christian situation in the Holy Land and to increase the monies given at the parish level on Good Friday. Our initiative to promote the Pontifical Good Friday Collection is truly an important work of mercy for the universal Church.

HOW THE COLLECTION IS USED

Faith, Memory & Culture - The Holy Places
Holy Land Franciscans staff and maintain the holy places and shrines. They enable 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 encourage 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 with medical assistance 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 young men to answer the call to become Franciscan priests and brothers. Additionally, Franciscan archeologists pursue ongoing research at the Holy Places.

Pastoral Activities
The Franciscans provide pastoral care in 29 parishes in the Holy Land, offering worship, Christian formation, and necessary youth and family programs, especially in regions affected by war.

Liturgical, Ecumenical and Communications Programs
The Christian Media Center tells the story of the Holy Land through multimedia distributed throughout the world in more than seven languages, The friars organize liturgical celebrations for local Christians and pilgrims and share with other Christian communities in the Holy Land ongoing ecumenical cooperation.

Learn more: Background and History of the Collection

MEDIA MATERIALS & LENTEN REFLECTIONS

Media materials and Lenten Reflections are printable, digital resources that are available for download to archdiocesan and diocesan contacts and to individual parishes. They are designed for inclusion in parish bulletins and diocesan communications media such as newspapers, magazines and websites. All files are in PDF format. Simply click on the desired media to open the file and download. Each link opens a new window.

Bulletin Announcement
Weekly Bulletin Announcements
Bulletin Insert A_8.5" x 11"
Bulletin Insert B_8.5" x 11"
Good Friday Collection Poster (small)_8.5" x 11"
Good Friday Collection Poster (large)_11" x 17"
Brochure: "How the Collection is Used"
Talking Points

Lenten Reflections:

Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent - February 21, 2021
Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent - February 28, 2021
Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent - March 7, 2021
Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent - March 14, 2021
Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Lent - March 21, 2021
Reflection for Palm Sunday - March 28,2021
Reflection for Easter Sunday - April 4, 2021

For more information or if you have questions about the Lieutenancy's Good Friday Collection initiatives, please contact Sir Stephen Enzweiler, NCL Good Friday Collection Coordinator.

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