Special Kids/Special Needs
A second collection supported by parishes in the Diocese of Arlington
About 2nd Collections to benefit Porto Charities
Every year, between 40-50 parishes from our Diocese volunteer to hold a second collection at one of their Sunday masses to benefit Porto Charities' Special Kids/Special Needs campaign. This second collection effort is fully endorsed and encouraged by Bishop Burbidge.
100% of ALL donations become grants awarded to Catholic schools right here in our Diocese so that they may start new programs to welcome students with disabilities, or expand their current services for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Parishes Scheduled to hold a
2nd Collection for Porto Charities in 2023
Bellarmine Chapel at George Mason
Christ the Redeemer
Holy Trinity Parish
Our Lady Queen of Peace
Our Lady of Angels, Woodbridge
Our Lady of Good Counsel
Our Lady of Hope
Our Lady of the Blue Ridge
Queen of Apostles
St. Andrew the Apostle
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Charles Borromeo
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
St. Francis de Sales
St. Isidore the Farmer
St. John Neumann, Reston
St. Katherine Drexel
St. Mary of Sorrows
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception
St. Mary's Basilica
*All Saints, Church of the Nativity and St. Catherine of Siena generously gave a direct donation to Porto (in lieu of a collection)
How to hold a 2nd Collection for the
Special Kids/Special Needs Campaign
If your parish has not signed on yet to hold a 2nd collection, please consider joining our efforts to support our local schools and families that need assistance through our program. Keep in mind that even if your parish does not have a school of its own, your parishioners with children are probably attending another parish school nearby and benefit from the support Porto Charities is providing.
Make a 2nd Collection Donation to
our Special Kids/Special Needs Campaign
An important part of the Bishop's Strategic Plan is to further develop this ministry so that all schools within the diocese may be able to offer special education programs to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
We hope to reach 100% participation from the parishes in the Diocese of Arlington. With your help, we can make it happen.
Contact Art Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a 2nd collection at your Parish, or to donate by check.