Catholic Extension invites parishes, church groups and others to raise funds in support of Puerto Rican parishes reaching out to hurricane-ravaged communities.
Often operating out of badly damaged buildings and celebrating Mass in temporary quarters, parishes have rallied armies of volunteers to distribute relief supplies and provide community and connection for the elderly and most vulnerable. In this time of crisis, parishes across the island have provided great material and spiritual comfort but their own financial sources have been greatly diminished by the increases in poverty, unemployment and slow progress toward recovery, Puerto Rico’s parishes need your help to continue their efforts.
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St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Park Ridge, a suburb of Chicago, has already enthusiastically embraced the Parish Patrons effort.
The parish and its Catholic school have dedicated their longstanding “Lenten Almsgiving” to supporting Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Vega Baja. According to Adrienne Timm, the parish’s director of social service ministry, the parish was looking to do something personal and grow a relationship with a parish in Puerto Rico, knowing that people on the island were still in great need six months after the hurricanes.
The Archdiocese of Chicago connected her with Catholic Extension, and the parish has been delighted to learn more about Catholic Extension’s work in Puerto Rico. For its Lenten Almsgiving for its Puerto Rican “sister parish,” St. Paul has set a goal of raising $60,000.
The school children, in particular, have rallied around the cause, writing letters of encouragement to the kids in Vega Baja and organizing an ice cream sale fundraiser.