Collection to aid tornado relief efforts

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Efforts are under way in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to assist with the needs of residents of Moore, Okla., who were affected by a massive tornado that hit the community May 20.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, writing to priests of the archdiocese, called the Oklahoma twister a tragedy of unprecedented proportions. He has asked parishes to take up a special collection this month to assist in recovery efforts in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma and other natural disasters in the country this year.

“Our prayers are with the families in Moore, Okla., and surrounding areas who have lost loved ones or are among those injured,” Archbishop Carlson wrote. “Relief efforts of many government and social aid agencies, including Catholic Charities USA, are already in action delivering emergency service to the affected areas. We are grateful for all immediate relief efforts and those working around the clock to help those in need.”

The Church, the archbishop noted, “must serve as a primary source of healing and peace when tragedies such as this occur.”

Contributions will go to Catholic Charities of St. Louis, with funds being directed to Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City.

Catholic Charities will use funds for temporary housing, food and other necessities. They will also use funds for medical bills, counseling and long-term assistance. Catholic Charities partners especially in situations such as these with other organizations such as The Red Cross, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul and others in connecting individuals and families into long term-case management. The disaster relief funds received will not be diverted to other purposes or to administrative costs, Catholic Charities officials pointed out.

For more information or to contribute online, see www.ccstl.org. Checks can be sent to Catholic Charities Archdiocese of St. Louis, PO Box 952393, St. Louis, MO 63195-2393.

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