Parishes Raise Over $1 Million for Tsunami Relief: Amount Double Other Special Relief Efforts

February 15, 2005

Catholic parishioners in the Archdiocese of Washington donated a record-breaking $1.1 million for tsunami relief in a special collection taken up at Masses this past January. This is more than double the amount raised in the wake of past natural disasters. The funds are being sent to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for immediate and long-term rebuilding assistance in the tsunami-affected regions.

“I am very grateful for the extraordinary generosity of the people of this local Church,” said Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, who visited Sri Lanka in early January and who had asked the pastors of the 140 parishes in the Archdiocese to take up a special collection. “The devastation I saw in Sri Lanka was unlike anything I had ever seen. I also was struck by the resilience and deep faith of the people of that nation, and by the hard work of the CRS staff. The funds raised here in Washington will be critical to enabling CRS to continue to provide both immediate and long-term assistance in the region. I ask our parishioners to keep the survivors and the aid workers in prayer.”

Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian organization of the Catholic Church in the United States, has committed $80 million in aid for tsunami relief.

The Archdiocese of Washington includes 560,000 Catholics who attend parishes in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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