The Missions Office is responsible for assisting parishioners in contributing to the following archdiocesan special collections and offerings:
CRS Rice Bowl (not a Special Collection) is a Catholic Relief Services Lenten program of prayer, fasting, learning, and giving. The educational materials assist ongoing parish and school efforts in developing a spirituality of justice and solidarity with those most in need. Donations help fund CRS development projects in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America to produce more food, increase income and address poverty. 25% of contributions remain in this archdiocese for grants to parishes and organizations that help the poor in Western Washington.
The CRS collection provides funding for Catholic Relief Services, USCCB Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development, relief work of the Holy Father, CLINIC, and USCCB's Migration and Refugee Services and Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church. The annual collection is taken up on Laetare Sunday, i.e., Fourth Sunday of Lent.
This Pontifical collection is for the support of the Holy Places, but above all for those pastoral, charitable, educational and social works which the Church supports in the Holy Land for the welfare of their Christian brethren and of the local communities. Materials provided by the (Franciscan) Commissariat for the Holy Land each year are posters and a letter to pastors. Parishes are asked to request a Good Friday donation envelope in their packets from their envelope companies each year.
Through the archdiocesan Build Hope collection in September, Catholic Campaign for Human Development provides grants to groups of low-income people working for social change and also educates Catholics about Catholic social doctrine and its applications. This collection benefits: Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Catholic Communication Campaign.
Annually, World Mission Sunday is celebrated in every parish in the world on the next-to-last Sunday in October. As described by Pope John Paul II, this celebration is "an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches how to give: as an offering made to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world."