This weekend St. Malachi will take up The Catholic Relief Services Collection to help Jesus in disguise. This collection helps six Catholic agencies provide relief and support to struggling communities and works for peace & reconciliation among our marginalized brothers & sisters here and around the world.
Our parish will take up The Catholic Relief Services Collection (CRSC) on March 10-11, 2018. Funds from this collection help provide food to the hungry, support to displaced refugees, and bring Christ’s love and mercy to all people here at home and abroad.
Within the last 3 weeks, St. Malachi has participated in 2 emergency collections for victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Thank you for your generous response! Since then, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and there where major earthquakes in Mexico. Rather than plan another emergency second collection, we are asking that you put special donations into the regular collections. Write ‘Disaster Relief’ on the envelope. Make the check to St. Malachi Church, with ‘Disaster Relief’ on the memo line; you can indicate where you want to direct your donation. Donations for Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria victims will be sent to Catholic Charities USA, and donations for the Mexican earthquake survivors will go to Catholic Relief Services.
Emergency Collection for Hurricane Harvey Victims
Hurricane Harvey devastated areas of Texas and is threatening Louisiana. Thousands are being impacted by the storm and the record flooding; thousands have lost everything. This emergency collection will be used to support Catholic Charities’ humanitarian and recovery efforts and to provide pastoral care and rebuilding support. Write checks to St. Malachi, with Hurricane Relief on the memo line. Please be generous!
Kelly Ann Davis, MA, Director of Catholic Charities of Lake and Geauga counties will speak about Catholic Relief Services at our Sunday morning gathering on April 2, 2017. Please join us to welcome her and to learn more about developments on Catholic Relief Services forefront.
This weekend is the annual appeal for Catholic Relief Services Collection to respond to Jesus in Disguise. This collection helps six Catholid agencies to provide relief and support to struggling communities and to work toward peace and reconciliation amoung our marginalized brothers and sisters around the world.
This appeal support the total work of Catholic Relief Services; it is separate from our Lenten “sacrificial giving” for refugees. Learn more at www.uscch.org/catholicrelief. There is a second collection at all masses.
Thanks to Mary McNamara, Linda Kennard, Chris Dusek, catechists and refugee guests who made our Parish Lenten Refugee Program a beautiful experience on March 5th. A refugee brother reminded us that no one wants to become a refugee. Let’s open our hearts in love for worldwide refugees.
Our St. Malachi Lenten offerings this year will support Catholic Relief Services’ work with refugees and displaced people. Catholic Relief Services is supporting thousands of families who have been displaced or forced to flee their homes because of conflicts, civil strife and economic conditions in the Mid East. they provide immediate relief, including food, water, access to sanitation and critical support like shelter, education and counseling for Middle East refugees and migrants from other countries into Europe.
Offering boxes and envelopes are available at the church doors. Please return them on Holy Thursday or Easter Sunday. For more information on the work of Catholic Relief Services, refugees and praying for these needs, visit Catholic Relief Services.
On March 5, 2017, the First Sunday in Lent, we gather for a program on current refugee needs & our response. Our Lenten sacrificial giving this year is for Catholic Relief Services’ work refugees worldwide, especially from Syria. We will hear refugee stories from Jean from the Central African Republic, the Kostromanns from Bosnia, & our currently-sponsored Alzin family from Syria. Let’s learn about worldwide and local needs. Syrian food will be served!