Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

More than 46 million people in our country are living in poverty. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is an anti-poverty effort on the part of our Church to help people find hope and a better life. Our support for this collection reaches those whom Pope Francis describes as living on the economic and social ‘peripheries,’ or margins, offering them a hand up, not a hand out.

The Naugatuck Valley Project (NVP), a recipient of support from the CCHD, builds community, develops leaders and helps them organize to address community issues such as housing and jobs. Having identified a problem in Waterbury for residents of four downtown elderly high-rise buildings, NVP, working with city officials, helped create a reduced rate parking permit for home healthcare workers serving the elderly. The problem was the constant need of caregivers to attend to their expiring parking meters, leaving the elderly resident alone. Now an affordable parking lot is available—something small in some ways, but very significant to the people involved.

Your contribution to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection makes a difference. Please prayerfully consider how you can help the CCHD this year. If you would like more information about the collection and those it supports, visit
Thank you for joining this effort in the spirit of the Gospel.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair Archbishop of Hartford


Thanks to all who have responded so generously to the annual appeal letter for Precious Blood Parish. It is gratifying that so many are moved to be generous. The appeal lasts until December 31, 2017, if you are still considering a gift.

Please remember to make all checks payable to Precious Blood Parish.

Thank you so much.