- Bishop Advances Money to Church in Haiti for Immediate Assistance
- Asks All Parishes to Offer Prayers at Masses this Weekend for Victims
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – January 13, 2010 –The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, asked that a special collection be taken up at each of the 133 parishes across Long Island this weekend, January 16-17, 2010 or next weekend, January 23-24, 2010 to assist victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The Diocese will work with The Holy See and entities such as Catholic Relief Services to ensure funds are dispersed to areas of greatest need.
"We also keep in our prayers, people of our own diocese who are concerned for family in Port-au-Prince or in the surrounding areas,” said Bishop Murphy. “I ask the People of God on Long Island to pray for the victims. I also ask for their generosity in sharing God’s gifts with those in need as result of this tragic event.”
To contribute to the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Haitian Relief Fund, parishioners are asked to contact their local parish or they can send their donation to the Chancellor’s Office, Diocese of Rockville Centre, P.O. Box 9023, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-9023. Checks should be made out to the Diocese of Rockville Centre. “Earthquake Relief” should be marked in the memo section of the check. For more information call 516-678-5800, ext. 583 or by email: email@example.com.
About The Catholic Church of Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 133 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/08).
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