It has been the practice throughout the Catholic world that on Good Friday a collection is taken up to support the Church and the people of the Holy Land. Since the 14th century, the care of Christians and the holy sites has been entrusted by the Holy See to the Franciscan friars who live there.
The Church in the Holy Land needs our support more than ever with the increasing difficulties they have been encountering. There are many ways to be supportive: learn about the situation of Christian minorities living there; be in solidarity with them through your prayers; and consider making a financial gift to help them. The funds collected on Good Friday in all the parishes will go to support the Church in the Holy Land.
In the Diocese of Calgary, 50% of the funds collected go to support the Needs of the Church in the Holy Land. The other 50% go to support international projects through Mission Council and subsidies for the four First Nation parish communities in the Diocese.