Sunday was the biggest fund-raising day of the year for Catholic Charities.
All Catholic churches in the diocese of Ogdensburg held collections to fund the charity during Sunday's masses.
Catholic Charities is the agency within the diocese that leads its efforts in helping the poor and others in need.
The appeal is held annually on Mother's Day and clergy say that's why it is so important.
"It is the major fundraiser, if you will, for Catholic Charities," said Father Donald Robinson, pastor of St. Anthony's and St. Patrick's churches in Watertown.
"That's why the collection is so important, because Catholic Charities needs our support. They do so much for us and the whole north country and the diocese," Robinson said.
Traditionally, there are two collections during a Catholic mass. Donations from the first go to the parish and the money from the second goes to a different cause each week.
Monday, March 30, 2015, Watertown, NY
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