-- Posted: 9/2/2005, 12:28 p.m. Central Time
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Bishop asks prayers, money for hurricane survivors
Special collection scheduled Sept. 10-11
By Renae Bauer
Assistant Director of Communications
Catholics throughout the Diocese of Green Bay will be asked at Masses the weekend of Sept. 10 and 11 to give financial assistance to survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
In addition, Bp. David Zubik is asking that diocesan Catholics remember in prayer all those affected by the hurricane at all Masses the weekend of Sept. 3-4.
"The disaster is heart-breaking to see. It is hard to comprehend what it is like for the people there who are faced with having lost loved ones and nearly all of their possessions," Bp. Zubik said. "Fortunately, we are blessed to live in a country whose people are willing and able to help strangers as well as friends."
Donations will be forwarded to Catholic Charities USA, which is working with local dioceses in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to assess critical needs and determine how to address them.
People of all denominations are welcome to contribute to Catholic Charities USA's disaster relief efforts. Donations may be given online at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org or by mailing checks to the Diocese of Green Bay, P.O. Box 1506, Green Bay, WI 54305-1506. Checks should be issued to the "Diocese of Green Bay" and noted in the memo "Hurricane Katrina."
"The people of Northeastern Wisconsin are extremely generous and I am confident that they will help as much as they can," Bp. Zubik said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the survivors of Hurricane Katrina."