Local parishes asked to take up collection for Nepal earthquake victims

By The Compass | April 29, 2015

ALLOUEZ — At the request of Bishop David Ricken and on behalf of Louisville Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, parishes in the Green Bay Diocese are asked to take up a second collection as soon as possible for earthquake victims in Nepal.

A man mourns after the body of his wife was recovered by a rescue team from a collapsed building April 29 following an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. (CNS photo | Adnan Abidi, Reuters)
A man mourns after the body of his wife was recovered by a rescue team from a collapsed building April 29 following an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. (CNS photo | Adnan Abidi, Reuters)

The request was made in a letter to pastors and pastoral leaders April 29 by Cindi K. Brawner, executive director of the Catholic Foundation.

Funds will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Relief Services as they respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter and medical care, as well as the long-term needs to rebuild the communities in the regions affected after widespread destruction.

“Our church mourns the terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters affected by this powerful earthquake,” Archbishop Kurtz wrote in a letter to U.S. bishops. “People urgently need basic essentials. Shelter, blankets, safe water, food, medical care, hygiene and counseling are priorities. Hygiene and sanitation are critical to preventing waterborne diseases.”

Funds collected at the parish should be sent to the Catholic Foundation at PO Box 23001, Green Bay, WI 54305-3001 for disbursal to the USCCB/CRS designated for Nepal Earthquake Relief.  Parishioners should make their checks payable to your parish and memo for Nepal Earthquake Relief.

For more information contact Cindy St. Aubin, [email protected] or (920) 272-8192.

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