FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2017
UPDATE: More volunteers are needed for sorting/packaging on Monday, October 23rd, at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, beginning at 10 a.m. Catholic Charities is still working out the logistics of sending the tons of donated items to Puerto Rico.
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 encouraged parish pastors to take up collections of material goods to send to the island. 56 parishes so far have answered the call, collecting items like bottled water, non-perishable food, baby formula, diapers, personal hygiene products and more. The items will be sorted by Catholic Charities staff and volunteers this Friday, October 20 from 10 am – 5 pm at the Immaculate Conception Center, 7200 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, NY 11362. The goods will then be flown to Puerto Rico on JetBlue Airlines at a later date. Catholic Charities on the island will arrange for distribution of the items to hurricane victims.
Also on Friday, we will be praying for our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico and for their loved ones here in our Diocese who are worried about the dire situation back home. Bishop DiMarzio is asking the faithful of Brooklyn, Queens and beyond to join him at a special Mass, Friday, October 20 at 7:00 pmat 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.