Parishes take up collection for tornado relief

Categories: Around the Diocese

June 21, 2013, edition

Pastors across the St. Cloud Diocese have been asked to take up a special collection during the month of June to assist the recovery efforts of the victims of tornados and other devastating natural disasters.

Bishop John Kinney made the request through Vicar General Father Robert Rolfes in a letter to pastors in response to an appeal from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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“All of us are certainly aware of the vast destruction that has taken place in Oklahoma as a result of the recent tornados,” Father Rolfes wrote. “Hundreds have been left homeless and are lacking the most basic necessities.”

In his letter, Cardinal Dolan wrote, “The 2013 storm season has only just begun and already we have witnessed a tragedy in Oklahoma of unprecedented proportions. As I write this letter, our prayers are with the families of Moore, Oklahoma, and surroundign areas, who have lost loved ones or are among those injured. Relief efforts of many government and social aid agencies, including Catholic Charities USA, are already in action delivering emergency service to the affected areas. We are grateful to all immediate relief efforts and those working around the clock to help those in need.”

Bishop Kinney asked that every parish in the Diocese of St. Cloud take up a special disaster relief collection “to show our solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are suffering as a result of this tornado and in anticipation of other natural disasters that may occur this year.”