There is a growing crisis in unfunded retirement and elderly care costs that religious orders of men and women face, a crisis the bishops need to examine.
Dropping or combining national collections results in a loss of nearly $3 million annually, said Bishop Kevin Farell, chairman of the National Collections Comittee.
The U.S. bishops' conference has approved the hiring of a director of public affairs and a consolidating of its communications department.
Chicago Cardinal Francis George urged bishops to enlist Day in battle against the Obama administration's contraception mandate and endorsement of gay rights.
The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration called on President Barack Obama to "seize the moment" and pass immigration reform.
So far, the bishops have voted down a document on the U.S. economy, passed documents on penance and endorsed the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day.
The U.S. bishops began formal consideration of their first new document in 30 years on preaching Monday, the first day of their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.
The proposed document, "Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily," encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people's daily lives.
It was prepared by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, chaired by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, with subsequent review and comment by eight other USCCB committees.
At their meeting this week, U.S. Catholic bishops are told to examine their failings and confess their sins if they hope to impact the wider culture.
San Francisco's archbishop said Election Day "was a disappointing day for marriage" and praised the work of bishops in the states where same-sex marriage was legalized.
"The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times," proposed Monday, was condemned as a betrayal of Catholic social teaching by a retired archbishop.