ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, August 30, 2005 – Bishop William Murphy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, today authorized that a special collection be taken up at each of the 133 parishes in the diocese to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Proceeds from the collection will be forwarded to Catholic Charities USA, who together with local diocesan Catholic Charities offices, will see to it that donations are sent to areas where they can accomplish the most good as quickly as possible.
To contribute to the diocesan Hurricane Katrina relief effort, parishioners are asked to contact their local parish. Donations can also be sent to the Diocese of Rockville Centre, P.O. Box 9023, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-9023. Donors are asked to mark “Hurricane Relief” on their envelope and in the memo section of their check. For more information about the diocesan Hurricane Katrina relief effort, please call 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 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.3 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 20,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 20,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,137 students in Catholic kindergarten, 23,825 in primary or elementary school, 12,628 in secondary school and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 76 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college 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. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 80,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. For more information, visit www.drvc.org.
Sean P. Dolan,
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625