- Bishop Advances Money to Church in Philippines for Immediate Assistance
- Asks All Parishes to Offer Prayers at Masses this Weekend for Victims
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – November 12, 2013 –The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, asked that a special collection be taken at each of the 133 parishes across Long Island this weekend, November 16-17, 2013 to assist those suffering the effects of Typhoon Haiyan. 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. Bishop Murphy also advanced money to the Church in the Philippines for relief work.
“We also keep in our prayers, people of our own diocese who are concerned for family in the Philippines and in the surrounding areas,” said Bishop Murphy. “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 this tragic event.”
To contribute to the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, parishioners are asked to contact their local parish or they can send donations to the Chancellor’s Office, Diocese of Rockville Centre, P.O. Box 9023, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-9023. Checks should be made out to the Diocese of Rockville Centre. “Philippines Collection” should be marked on the memo section of the check. For more information call 516-678-5800, ext. 583 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1,544,167 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns. In 2012, 15,606 baptisms, 15,366 confirmations, 16,374 First Holy Communions and 3,193 marriages took place in the diocese.
There are 18,496 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,328 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 students in higher institutions. There are 53 Catholic elementary schools (49 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college (Molloy College, Rockville Centre) in the diocese. Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community-based agency for persons with special needs. More than 17,500 employees and 4,600 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system. In 2011, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (04/13).