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Helping Through CCHD & CRS

“The Diocese of San José continues to prioritize the impact of housing and homelessness issues affecting the county. In keeping with this effort, grants issued from the Office of Life, Justice, and Peace are focused on helping parish ministries and local organizations sensitive to addressing these issues.

“Each year, parishes collect donations for CRS Rice Bowl. 75% of those funds help poverty efforts overseas. However, 25% of those funds stay in our diocese.

“The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) also hosts a collection every December. 75% of those funds address poverty in the United States, while 25% of those funds remain in DSJ to address
poverty directly.

“See below which parishes and organizations have received grants last year. 

Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)

The message at the heart of Catholic social teaching has always been justice and hope for the poor. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is Catholic social teaching in action.

CCHD Mission

CCHD is the domestic anti-poverty campaign of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. It was established in 1969 to be an educational and action program to address the root causes of poverty in our country. The CCHD philosophy emphasizes empowerment and participation for the poor. By helping the poor to participate in the decisions and actions that affect their lives, CCHD empowers them to move beyond poverty.

CCHD funds are raised by an annual collection each fall. The funds are disbursed in two ways. 75% of the money collected is sent to the national office of CCHD to be awarded to grant recipients whose work addresses conditions of poverty in areas such as community organizing and development. 25% of the annual collection remains in the Diocese of San Jose to be distributed through a local grant process. All grants are reviewed by a Diocesan committee of experienced community leaders who make recommendations to the Bishop for his approval.


Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


The Mission of Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as we act to: Promote human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies; and, serve Catholics in the United States as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world. As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, we work with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.

“We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. “— Sharing Catholic Social Teaching, USCCB, 2000


Application Process

  1. Review the  CRS – Grant Criteria Guidelines
  2. Complete and submit the CRS Grant Application 2019 – 2020
  3. Organizations currently receiving funding who wish to apply for the next application period must submit an interim report by May 15 (on their current grant) to be considered for funding Interim Grant Report 2019

Past Events

CCHD Grant Ceremony

CRS Rice Bowl Grant Ceremony

Housing the homeless requires a conversion of the heart

Bishop Oscar Cantu, and Catholic Charities CEO Greg Kepferle urge Silicon Valley residents to reconsider their fears that may be keeping housing from being built for those who are homeless. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)
PUBLISHED San Jose Mercury News:  | UPDATED: 

A delightful Christmas tradition, courtesy of the Hispanic culture, is the celebration of Las Posadas, re-imagining the journey of Mary and Joseph as they sought shelter in Bethlehem when there was no room at the inn. Re-enactors knock on doors in the neighborhood and are ritually turned away, until finally they are welcomed into a church or neighborhood hall for a community celebration.

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