Second Collections

Where Your Money Goes

Right after the Prayers of the Faithful/General Intercessions, the lector at each of the masses held at the parishes of the Blue Hills Collaborative informs the parishioners present that either “there is only one collection today,” or specifies with a title only what the money collected during the second collection will be used for. For those who get envelopes, this is usually not a surprise, but for the others this is new information.

For those who would like a little more notice regarding when a particular collection is happening, or for those who would like to learn a little bit more about how their money will be used, we’ve created this page to explain it all.

In general, only the first collection goes to the benefit of any given parish. Here at the parishes of the Blue Hills Collaborative, we have a monthly “Energy Collection” which takes place on the weekend of the second Sunday of the month. This collection is retained by each parish that receives it and it is used specifically to pay for utilities incurred monthly by each of our facilities. 

All other second collections are specified by the Archdiocese, with many of them being specified by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB). In some cases, the parishes of the Blue Hills Collaborative take up these collections on a different date. Here is a list, calendar, and description of each second collection that takes place during the year.


Catholic Relief Services, May 28, 2017 (Blue Hills Collaborative: August 6, 2017)
Catholic Relief Services provides emergency relief, human development, and peace initiatives in countries around the world. The funds from this Collection provide food to the hungry, services for victims of human trafficking, support to displaced refugees, and show Christ’s love and respect to all people. The collection funds the ministries of six Catholic Church organizations: Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Migration and Refugee Services (MRS), the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development, the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, and the Holy Father’s Relief Fund. For more information, please visit the USCCB website.


Seminarians, June 4, 2017 (Blue Hills Collaborative: May 28, 2017)
The Seminarians Collection supports the formation and training of seminarians (future priests) in the Archdiocese of Boston. We are blessed that many are responding to the call to serve as priests. Please be generous and support these seminarians on their journey toward their ordination to the priesthood. For more information, please visit the Boston Vocations website.

Holy Father/Peter’s Pence: June 25, 2017
This week’s second collection, for the Peter's Pence, enables the Holy Father to respond with emergency financial assistance to requests for aid to needy throughout the world - those who suffer as a result of war, oppression, and natural disasters. Please visit the USCCB website for more information.


Propagation of the Faith: (Blue Hills Collaborative: July 30, 2017)
Once a year each parish is asked to invite missionaries to preach at the weekend Masses for the Propagation of the Faith (Archdiocesan arm of the Missions). At all Masses on the weekend of July 29 and 30, Fr Bill Fay, the director of the Propagation office, will speak at all of the St Anne Masses and Fr Tom Coughlin (Oblates) will speak at the Masses at St Pius X and Most Precious Blood. We welcome Fr Fay and Fr Coughlin and ask you to be as welcoming and generous as always. Thank you.


Communications: August 6, 2017 (Blue Hills Collaborative: May 21, 2017)
If Jesus Christ were on earth today, how would he spread his message of salvation? Wouldn’t he use all communication vehicles to share the Good News? The Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) believes Jesus would use as many means as possible, and that is why it supports projects that use the entire array of media tools available today to evangelize and promote Gospel values. Please visit the USCCB’s CCC website ( for more information. 50% of the collection remains at our parish to promote local communication efforts, such as this website and our bulletin.


Catholic University of America: September 3, 2017
This week’s second collection supports The Catholic University of America (CUA) and its scholarship fund for needy students. CUA, located in Washington, D.C., is the national university of the Catholic Church. Many priests and professional lay ministers throughout the US obtain their education from CUA. For more information, please visit Catholic University of America’s website.

Clergy Health & Retirement Fund: September 17, 2017
This week’s second collection supports the retirement, medical and financial needs of priests of the Archdiocese of Boston. These priests have given their lives to faithfully serve Christ, the Church, and you. Please be generous to this important collection. For more information, please visit the Clergy Health & Retirement Trust website.


World Mission Sunday: October 22, 2017
By Baptism, all Catholics are called to participate in the mission of the Church and share their faith as missionaries. World Mission Sunday gathers support for the pastoral and evangelization 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. Please visit their website for more information.


Campaign for Human Development: November 5, 2017 (Blue Hills Collaborative: November 19, 2017)
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) works to uphold the dignity of human life by breaking the cycle of poverty across the United States through grants to local community-based groups who create jobs, improve education, and strengthen neighborhoods. 25% of the CCHD collection stays in the Archdiocese of Boston to fund local anti-poverty projects; 75% supports national grant and education programs. For more information, please visit the USCCB website.

Collection for Religious Sisters: November 19, 2017  (Blue Hills Collaborative: November 26, 2017)
This collection is used to assist religious communities to provide for the retirement and healthcare needs of Sisters who have served in the Archdiocese. Please take this opportunity to say thank you to the Sisters who have served the Church of Boston so generously for so many years. Your contribution does make a difference. For more information, please contact Sister Marian Batho, CSJ, Delegate for Religious at 617-746-5637.


Christmas: Clergy Health & Retirement Trust: December 25 [ONLY collection]
Merry Christmas from all the priests of the Archdiocese of Boston! The Christmas Collection supports the retirement, medical and financial needs of priests of the Archdiocese of Boston. These priests have given their lives to faithfully serve Christ, the Church, and you. Please be generous to this important collection. For more information, please visit the Clergy Health & Retirement Trust website.


Special Collection Sunday: January 21, 2018
The purpose of this collection is determined each year by the Cardinal Archbishop. We will update this webpage when more information becomes available for 2018.

Church in Latin America: January 28, 2018
The Collection for the Church in Latin America funds the work of evangelization, formation of laity, religious and seminarians, various pastoral projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as youth ministry and catechesis. Please visit the USCCB website for more information.


Church in Africa, Central & Eastern Europe: February 25, 2018 (Blue Hills Collaborative: February 11, 2017)
This collection helps the Church spread God’s Word and train Church leaders of tomorrow, help needy families materially and spiritually, rebuild churches that have fallen into disrepair, and support the sisters and brothers who have suffered for the faith. For more information, please visit the USCCB websites for Africa and Central & Eastern Europe.


Easter: Clergy Health & Retirement Trust: April 1, 2018 [ONLY collection]
The Easter Collection supports the retirement, medical and financial needs of priests of the Archdiocese of Boston. These priests have given their lives to faithfully serve Christ, the Church, and you. Please be generous to this important collection. For more information, please visit the Clergy Health & Retirement Trust website.

Military Archdiocese, Home Missions, Black & Native Americans: April 29, 2018
This week’s second collection supports three important national Catholic missions. The Military Archdiocese collection provides for Catholic chaplains throughout the world for American servicemen and servicewomen. The Home Missions collection subsidizes the evangelization and formation activities of mission dioceses. The Black and Native American collection strengthens evangelization and outreach programs that serve the Native American, Alaska Native, and Black Catholic communities in the United States. For more information, please visit the websites for the Military Archdiocese, USCCB Home Missions, and Black and Native American Missions.

Other Collections

There are also collections for Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, but we choose not to hold collections on those days and instead make generous donations from our parish funds to the designated charities (Catholic Charities/Ash Wednesday & Holy Land Shrines/Good Friday) on behalf of our parishioners.

Online Giving

For those using Online Giving, each of these collections will appear as a choice eight days before the underlined date shown above; it will disappear 14 days after the underlined date shown. You will only have the choice to make a one-time donation, but monies designated to each fund will go to the cause shown. Please be sure to choose the correct parish when electing the second collection fund. If you have any questions about Online Giving, please contact Stephen May, Director of Ministries.


Energy Collection Dates

  • May 14, 2017
  • June 11, 2017
  • July 9, 2017
  • August 13, 2017
  • September 10, 2017
  • October 8, 2017
  • November 12, 2017
  • December 10, 2017
  • January 14, 2018
  • February 11, 2018
  • March 11, 2018
  • April 8, 2018

Special Collection

Hurricane Harvey Victims: September 23/24

Nuns’ Collection - November 18/19

The Archdiocesan annual collection for the retired sisters will be held on November 18th and 19th. Most of us had the privilege of being taught in our earlier years either in Catholic School or Religious Education classes (released time) by the women religious who were in our local parishes. The class sizes were beyond our imagination and we all seemed to learn because of the dedication and commitment of “the nuns.” Many are now retired and living in their Order’s Retirement home while others continue to work and minister beyond their retirement age. We have the opportunity and privilege once a year to express our appreciation and respect for these wonderful ladies. Our generosity is also a sign of our gratitude to all the deceased sisters who taught us in our formative years. We are blessed to have 3 “retired” sisters speak at our Masses on that weekend. Sr. Ann Villa will be at the St Anne Masses, Sr. Peg Rooney will be at the 9:00 AM at Most Precious Blood and Sr Maryann Enright will speak at the 4:00 PM and the 10:30 AM at Most Precious Blood. Let’s rise to the occasion!


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