Sunday, June 15, 2008

How You Can Help Iowa Flood Victims

A special thanks to Frank of St. Matthew's Parish in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for bringing to my attention some great information on how you and I can support families who have been devastated by the recent flooding. Frank shared the following with me today:
At mass this morning, Father Mark Osterhaus, our pastor, mentioned that our churches youth ministry trip to Kentucky was cancelled and the teenagers will be spending the week here helping out. Our church is asking for can goods, clothing, money, and the usual relief items. Father Mark did a terrific job of calming peoples nerves.
Parishioners at St. Patrick's Church and St. Wenceslaus Parishes have had their parish facilities and sanctuaries damaged in the flooding. The community is connecting through a wonderful website at where volunteer and material needs and offers are being exchanged. If you are able to volunteer your time or would like to make a material donation, you can check either that web site or the St. Matthew's site for specific needs. Additionally, financial contributions are greatly needed and are being accepted by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

Catholic Charities (note as Cedar Rapids Flood Relief)
P. O. Box 1309
1229 Mt. Loretta Ave.
Dubuque, IA 52004

Please join me in supporting the over 25,000 people who have been displaced by this flooding. When we gather together to support one another as the Body of Christ, we can change lives and make a difference in our world. Thanks so much for your generous support!

Archdiocese of Dubuque - Office of Catholic Charities

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