Second collection for relief effort
Parishes in the Diocese of Oakland have been asked to remember the people of Nepal in prayer as that country recovers from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck April 25.
Parishes have also been encouraged to take up a second collection "to help our brothers and sisters in Nepal" on May 10, May 24 or May 31, at the discretion of the pastor, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, wrote to priests in a letter, published below.
The funds collected will be sent to Catholic Relief Services, which is working with Caritas Nepal to help in the aftermath of the earthquake, which struck 50 miles northwest of the capital, Kathmandu, toppling buildings and homes, causing widespread panic, and claiming more than 7,000 lives, and injuring at least 6,500 people.
Catholic Relief Services has embarked on a major emergency response and has committed funds to extended relief efforts. CRS is providing 10,000 families with emergency shelter materials, blankets, water treatment and hygiene kits. Given the scale of the disaster, the agency expects to expand relief activities to additional families.
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