J. Sheehan Overwhelmed with Parishoners'
Generosity to Assist Tsunami Disaster Victims (Over $115,000 and
ALBUQUERQUE- Monday, January 10, 2005- IMMEDIATE
Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan is overwhelmed with the
quick response and generosity of the parishioners throughout the Archdiocese
to his call for assistance for the Tsunami Disaster victims. Over
$115,000 dollars have already been received from Archdiocese of Santa
Pastors have informed the Archbishop’s Office that more funds
are on their way. All monies are being forwarded to Catholic Relief
Services for disbursement. Catholic Relief Services, the official international
humanitarian organization of the U.S. Catholic community, provides assistance
to people in 99 countries and territories based on need, regardless
of race, creed or nationality.
In a letter sent to each of the Archdiocese’s 93 parishes, Archbishop
Sheehan requested that pastors take up a special collection on the weekend
of January 1 for the needs of the victims suffering from the horrific
devastation caused by the massive tidal wave in Sri Lanka and other
areas of Asia. Due to the tremendous need, parishioners requested another
opportunity to donate this last weekend.
Archbishop Sheehan asked that he continued to be joined in prayer that “the
nations of the world will continue to unite to alleviate the traumatic
suffering of our brothers and sisters affected by this staggering quirk
of nature.” At the time of his call for assistance, 65.000 lives
had been lost; today, the estimation is over 140,000.
Tomorrow, January 11, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop
of Washington, is scheduled to meet with Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
President Ken Hackett, Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Bandaranaike
Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo. The
meetings will address the ongoing humanitarian assistance in response
to the Dec.
26th tsunami, and the long-term role that CRS and the Catholic Church
will play in the country’s rebuilding efforts.
Information about Cardinal McCarrick’s Visit:
From Jan. 10 - 14, Hackett and Cardinal McCarrick will visit some of
the most devastated regions and CRS relief efforts taking place along
the southern and eastern coasts of Sri Lanka. Working with local partners,
CRS is focusing its humanitarian assistance on water and sanitation,
the construction of temporary shelter, distribution of food and family
kits (including clothing, utensils, blankets and sanitary items) and
training for trauma counseling and psychosocial support. CRS is providing
similar emergency and long-term rehabilitation support in India, Indonesia
To contribute to CRS tsunami relief efforts, send donations designated
Tsunami Emergency Fund to your local parish or:
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, MD 21203-7090