Collection for the Holy Land

This year, due to COVID-19, it was not possible to take up the Good Friday Collection dedicated to supporting Christians living in the Holy Land. Pope Francis accepted the request to move the collection to September.

The collection in favour of the Holy Land, is a small gesture of solidarity that the Church is called to make in order to support, through the Custody of the Holy Places, the Christian communities that are in the Holy Land and feel the weight and also the glory of the Cross of Jesus on their shoulders.

It is thanks to Christians throughout the world, who give so generously, that we are able to continue taking care of the holy places of Christianity, from the Holy Sepulcher to the Basilica of the Nativity and to the lesser known sanctuaries. We will continue to support the pastoral action of the parishes of the Holy Land and guarantee quality education and learning to more than 10,000 students attending schools there. The custodians help young families find a home, and stay close to the populations affected by the war in Syria and the refugees now scattered in the various countries.

On behalf of the Church and people of the Holy Land, I sincerely thank you in advance for your kind assistance with this act of solidarity of the Universal Church with the people of the land of Jesus.

Wishing you peace and all good,

Fr Mario Debattista ofm

Commissary of the Holy Land


You can donate to the Holy Places Collection in the following way:

Online: via the Diocesan webiste HERE
By phone: call the Chancery Office on 02 6334 6400
By mail: send you donations to Holy Places Appeal, Catholic Diocese of Bathurst, PO Box 246, Bathurst NSW 2795


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