Bishop Zubik calls for collection in parishes this weekend for Hurricane Sandy relief

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Pittsburgh – Bishop David A. Zubik has called for a special collection at Masses this weekend (November 10-11) for Hurricane Sandy relief.

            In a letter published in the November 9thPittsburgh Catholic, the weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Bishop Zubik described the aftermath of the hurricane that struck the east coast as “unfathomable” and that “we must respond.”

            “I am asking all parishes to take up a collection this weekend at all Masses to aid those who are suffering from this disaster,” Bishop Zubik wrote in the letter that was also sent directly to the 204 parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

            The proceeds of this special collection will go to the national office of Catholic Charities USA that is networking with local church organizations on the ground throughout the impacted regions of New York and New Jersey.

            Working through Catholic Charities, the proceeds will go toward meeting “the immediate humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable,” Bishop Zubik wrote.

            In asking prayers for all the victims, Bishop Zubik wrote that there “is no doubt in my mind that the faithful of our diocese will respond with extraordinary generosity to the staggering needs of our sisters and brothers.”