Collection Taken Up This Weekend, January 1-2, 2005
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, December 27, 2004 -- The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, authorized a special collection be taken up at each of the 134 parishes this weekend, January 1-2, 2005, to assist victims of the recent earthquake and tsunamis in Southeast Asia. The Diocese will work with The Holy See and entities such as Catholic Relief Services to ensure funds are dispersed to areas of greatest need.
“This crisis has affected such a large area with a great loss of life. I ask the People of God on Long Island to pray for the victims. I also ask for their generosity in sharing God’s gifts with those in need as result of these tragic events,” said Bishop Murphy. To contribute to the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Tsunami Relief Fund, parishioners are asked to contact their local parish or the Diocese of Rockville Centre, 516-678-5800, ext. 583.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3 million). There are 134 parishes in 119 towns. Last year over 21,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 21,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,622 students in kindergarten, 26,738 in primary or elementary school, 11,979 in secondary school and 9,310 in higher institutions. There are 77 Catholic elementary schools, high schools and colleges/universities in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. These facilities served over 743,000 people last year. For more information visit www.drvc.org.
For more information:
Sean P. Dolan
516-678-5800, ext. 625