Holy Cross Parish will take up the National special collection for The Middle East 2014, next weekend, September 20, 21. The funds will be donated directly to and disbursed by Catholic Relief Services. Here is their explantion of how the funds will be used:
These funds will be used by Catholic Relief Services and other Catholic agencies working in partnership with the local Church to meet the most urgent humanitarian needs facing the people in Iraq,Gaza, Syria and surrounding countries where refugees have fled. These organizations have well-established partnerships with the Catholic Church in the region which allow them to respond quickly and efficiently to
victims in some of the hardest to reach areas.
Collection funds will also be used to support Church programs to aid persecuted Christians and to respond to rebuilding needs of Catholic dioceses in the impacted areas.