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posted Aug 29, 2014, 12:34 PM by Church Office   [ updated Aug 29, 2014, 12:34 PM ]

The ongoing crisis in the Middle East has left the Catholic Church mourning the terrible suffering of Christians and other innocent victims of the violence in Iraq, Syria and Gaza. "Given the extraordinary nature of this crisis," the Bishop wrote, "I am asking for partnership with our diocesan parishioners to work with Catholic Relief Services to meet the most urgent humanitarian needs facing those who have fled. Christians, Catholics and other innocents are struggling to survive, protect their children, and live with dignity in these dire conditions." A specially marked envelope has been attached to this weekend's bulletin. Please prayerfully consider donating to this urgent cause, thus partnering with our fellow believers to help those threatened and displaced by horrific circumstances. Please place your offering in the collection baskets during regular collections throughout September. In addition, all St. Vincent Strambi envelopes and donations for the month of September will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services' efforts to provide humanitarian aid to refugees and persecuted Christians. Additional envelopes will remain at the back of the church on the Cry Room shelf throughout the month of September for those who wish to contribute. Give thanks to God for your own safety and well being by helping those whose very lives are being threatened.