May 5, 2015 // Local

Special collection for aid to Nepal

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, toppling buildings and homes, causing widespread panic, and claiming thousands of lives. Our Church mourns the terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster. Please join with the Catholic community across the United States in responding to our suffering brothers and sisters through the special collection at Masses on the weekend of May 16-17 for the work of our Catholic Relief Services in Nepal. CRS, the official humanitarian agency of the U.S. Bishops, is already responding to urgent needs for shelter, water and food in Nepal and will also be responding to the long-term needs to rebuild the communities in the regions affected by the widespread destruction. For more information, you may go to

I realize that we have important second collections on the weekends before and after the weekend of this special collection. Of course, it cannot be foreseen when emergencies such as the Nepal earthquake arise. I thank you for your understanding.

May the Risen Lord continue to bless you and your ministry! May God give the people of Nepal strength and fortitude in the midst of their suffering!

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

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