Special Collection for the Christians In the Middle East: September 13-14
Our Church mourns the terrible suffering of Christians and other innocent victims of violence in Iraq, Syria and Gaza who are struggling to survive, protect their children and live with dignity in dire conditions. Given the extraordinary nature of this crisis, we will take up a special collection next weekend, September 13-14, to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East.
These funds will be used by Catholic Relief Services and other Catholic agencies working in partnership with the local Church to meet the most urgent humanitarian needs facing the people in Iraq, Syria and Gaza and surrounding countries where refugees have fled. These organizations have well-established partnerships with the Catholic Church in the region to allow them to respond quickly and efficiently to victims in some of the hardest to reach areas. Collection funds will also be used to support Church programs to aid persecuted Christians and to respond to rebuilding needs of Catholic dioceses in the impacted areas. Please be generous.