I write once again to call your attention to the Annual Good Friday Collection which will be taken up this year on March 29, 2013, to provide assistance for the churches in the Holy Land. With all of the continuing violence that is occurring in the Holy Land, it is even more urgent that we provide financial support for them in their time of need, especially in the Lenten season.
Each year, the Franciscans, who have custody of the Holy Shrines in the Holy Land are grateful for your support for the mission entrusted to them by the Holy See. Without the encouragement and support of Catholics throughout the world, the Church in the cradle of Christianity would endure difficulties even greater than those currently faced.
I ask you to take up a collection on Good Friday and to send the proceeds as soon as possible to the Office of Finance at 419 NE Madison Avenue, Peoria, IL 61603
Thanking you in advance once again for your generous contribution to this important cause.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.
Bishop of Peoria