LA Archdiocese Announces Special Collection for Those Suffering in Ukraine

The donations will be managed by the Los Angeles office of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, one of the four Pontifical Mission Societies that supports worldwide underserved communities.

The ruined Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, built in 1862, in Ukraine’s Zhytomyr region.
The ruined Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, built in 1862, in Ukraine’s Zhytomyr region. (photo: Olga Rutkovskaya / Courtesy photo/Facebook)

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has asked parishes to add a special collection during the weekends of March 12-13 and March 19-20, 2022, in solidarity with those suffering in Ukraine since the Russian invasion. 

“Given the recent events in Ukraine and the devastation that our brothers and sisters have had to face with the uncertainties in their country that has been ongoing since last month and while over 1.5
million of Ukrainians have fled their homes from the ongoing fighting into nearby countries, and over 2,000 lives have been lost and thousands more injured, we are asking your help,” said the letter signed by Father Brian Nunes, Archdiocese’s vicar general, and Msgr. Terrance Fleming, executive director of the Archdiocese’s Mission Office. The letter was sent to all parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

“During this time, Ukraine is in solemn need of our prayers and support as they face such devastating loss and tragedy within their country. Pope Francis tells us, ‘In God, no act of love, no matter how small, and no generous effort will ever be lost.’ Pope Francis has encouraged help for the people of Ukraine,” the letter continued.

The donations will be managed by the Los Angeles office of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, one of the four Pontifical Mission Societies that supports worldwide underserved communities.

To make an online donation to support the people of Ukraine, visit the Donate Today page of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Los Angeles, and specify Ukraine Disaster in memo box. The entire collection will go towards those affected by the situation in Ukraine. 

For more information, call the Archdiocese’s Mission Office, 213-637-7223, or email [email protected].

José Benlliure Ortiz, “Leaving Mass in Rocafort,” 1915

On Suffering and Hope and Forever

‘In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering.’ (CCC 1368)

José Benlliure Ortiz, “Leaving Mass in Rocafort,” 1915

On Suffering and Hope and Forever

‘In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering.’ (CCC 1368)