December 10, 2012
Parishes to sponsor collection during Advent and Christmas for U.S. victims
Funds collected will help with immediate, long-term pastoral, reconstruction needs
Bishops call parishioners to be generous during this special time
U.S. bishops will sponsor a special collection during the Advent and
Christmas seasons to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. The bishops
recognize the ongoing needs of the victims on the East Coast and ask
parishioners to be generous during this special time of the year.
“The Church is a primary source of healing and peace when tragedies
like this happen,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, vice-president of
the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in a letter to all U.S.
bishops issued December 4. Depleted resources make it “more difficult
to provide aid, comfort and, most importantly, the sacraments to those
in need,” he said. Immediate needs include food, water, clothing, and
adequate shelter. A long-term goal is the reconstruction of damaged
churches and related needs.
Funds from the Collection for the
Church in Latin America and Catholic Relief Services already have been
designated to support relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Sandy
in the Caribbean. This special collection will be designated for the
recovery of those in the United States.
Funds collected will be used
to support the efforts of the USCCB and Catholic Charities USA, the
official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, to respond
to immediate emergency needs and to the long-term pastoral and
reconstruction needs of the church.
Keywords: Hurricane Sandy,
relief efforts, collection, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, USCCB, U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops, U.S. Bishops, Collection for the Church
in Latin America, Catholic Relief Services
MEDIA CONTACT ONLY:
Norma Montenegro Flynn