2013-11-14 Typhoon

Archeparchy Plans Response in Wake of the Devastation of Typhoon Haiyan


Archbishop William has received notice from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, requesting that a collection be taken in the parishes as soon as possible for the people in the Philippines and Vietnam who are suffering greatly from the effects of Typhoon Haiyan.

These funds will be used to support the efforts of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services (the official international humanitarian agency representing the U.S. Catholic Church) in response to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter and medical care, and to assist in the long-term recovery from the disaster. Collection funds also will be used to support the long-term need to rebuild the Church after widespread destruction in these areas. Catholic Relief Services has responded immediately with relief aid to the region.

Clergy of every parish of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh have been asked to collect for this cause in their respective parishes the weekend of November 23-24. The faithful of the Archeparchy are kindly and urgently asked to participate in this humanitarian effort by contributing what they can when the collection is made in each parish.

For those who missed the collection dates, contributions may be sent to the Chancery, 66 Riverview Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15214. Checks should be made payable to “Archeparchy of Pittsburgh” with “Typhoon Haiyan” written on the memo line.

Additional information on the U.S. Catholic community’s response to this emergency and how U.S. Catholics can help may be found at www.crs.org and www.usccb.org.