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How you can help in tornado relief efforts

05/25/2013

Our thoughts and prayers continue for the victims of the recent tornadoes in the southern U.S., particularly in Oklahoma.  As has been our practice for many years, Bishop Hebda has invited and encouraged parishes to consider taking up a special collection to help in the relief efforts.  Other dioceses across the country will be doing the same in the months of May and June. Read a letter from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, President of the USCCB, sent to bishops across the country.) 

The funds collected by our diocese will be forwarded to Catholic Charities, USA, the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church. Catholic Charities is typically among the first on the ground assisting in relief efforts and has been working in the area to help with the immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter, and medical care.  Catholic Charities will continue to minister to the long term need to rebuild after widespread destruction, and to the pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church. 
 
Donations may be made to your parish or sent to the Diocese of Gaylord, 611 West North Street, Gaylord, Michigan  49735.  Please mark them for Oklahoma Tornado Relief efforts.  As noted above, these funds will be forwarded without delay to assist our  brothers and sisters as they struggle with such widespread devastation.

Please also continue to pray for those affected, as well as the relief workers who are working so hard in the stricken areas.

If you would like more information on relief efforts or to donate directly, log on to Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Charities Oklahoma City or the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

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