Letter from Bishop Barber
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, wrote this letter to the priests of the diocese after the earthquake in Nepal.
Dear brother Priests,
As you are all aware, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25. The devastation and toll on human life is still becoming clear as the rescue works continue.
The Church in the United States is already offering spiritual and material support to our brothers and sisters in Nepal. Bishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the USCCB, has personally sent a letter to the Vicar Apostolic in Nepal, Bishop Paul Simick, and through the efforts of Catholic Relief Services, we are already present at the disaster zone.
I would like to request all the Parishes in the Diocese of Oakland to include at least one intention for the people of Nepal during the upcoming weekends.
Also, I would like to encourage all our parishes to take a second collection to help our brothers and sisters in Nepal, in one of the next three weekends, at the discretion of the pastor. This is not mandatory, but a heartfelt suggestion. As Catholic Charities of the East Bay is having its annual parish appeal on May 17, please consider taking this special collection for our Nepalese brothers and sisters on May 10, May 24 or May 31.
All the collections should be sent to the diocese, to the attention of Mr. Paul Bongiovanni, who will process them as requested by the USCCB. Checks can be made out to the Diocese of Oakland, with "Nepal Earthquake" in the memo line or on the remittance stub. The diocese will send one check to Catholic Relief Services on behalf of our parishes and parishioners.
May our Risen Lord continue bringing His presence of life and hope to our Nepalese brothers and sisters as well to you and all those entrusted under your pastoral care.
Fraternally yours in Christ,
Michael C. Barber, SJ
Bishop of Oakland
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