FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 3, 2017
DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MOBILIZING TO HELP AND PRAY FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS IN PUERTO RICO
The Diocese of Brooklyn is taking action to help victims of hurricane Maria, the storm that devastated Puerto Rico last month, leaving millions of people without power, food, and basic necessities. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has encouraged parish pastors to take up collections of material goods to send to the island. People are asked to donate items like bottled water, non-perishable canned food, baby food, formula, diapers, personal hygiene products and much more. Anything collected will be packaged by Catholic Charities and flown to Puerto Rico on JetBlue Airlines. Catholic Charities there will arrange for distribution of the items to hurricane victims.
There will also be a voluntary monetary collection taken up at Masses throughout the diocese this Sunday, October 8th.
Many Puerto Rican families in our Diocese are worried about their loved ones back home and how they will survive this disaster. Bishop DiMarzio is asking the faithful of Brooklyn, Queens and beyond to pray for these families at a special Mass on Friday, October 20, 2017, at 7:00 pm at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Eucharist and Father Frederick Cintron, Director of Our Lady Mother of Divine Providence, and Pastor at St. Catharine of Alexandria, will preach the homily.