Local Catholics aid Hurricane Katrina victims - Catholic Courier

Local Catholics aid Hurricane Katrina victims

Catholics from all parts of the Diocese of Rochester are finding ways to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The following is a list of relief-effort initiatives that have been instituted locally. The Catholic Courier will update this list as we receive information about new initiatives:

* On Sept. 2, four students from Seton Catholic School in Brighton — siblings Nina, Michael, Emma and Catherine Rizk — sold lemonade and cookies at their home. They raised $233, which they donated to the American Red Cross.

* St. Vincent De Paul Parish in Churchville is collecting men’s, women’s and children’s underwear of all sizes to send to a parish in Houston that is housing victims of the hurricane.

* Sacred Heart Parish in Auburn is collecting clothing, personal-hygiene items and nonperishable food items to donate to 150 people from the Gulf Coast who are relocating to the Syracuse Diocese.

* Church of the Assumption in Fairport is expecting to host displaced Gulf Coast families during the week of Oct. 2. The parish is also collecting such items as baby supplies, toiletries and money for gas and bus tickets, which will be sent to a parish in Houma, La.

* Along with collecting money for relief efforts, Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Community held a special Mass for hurricane victims on Sept. 6 at St. Michael’s Parish in Penn Yan. On Sept. 18, youth minister Martha DeBoover will hold at her home an evening of praying the rosary for hurricane victims. Those interested in attending will meet at St. Teresa Parish in Stanley at 6:45 p.m.

* Several Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester traveled to Houma, La., Sept. 8 to help in the relief efforts.

* Along with holding the first of its four special collections last weekend, St. Mary’s Parish in Bath is exploring the possibility of hosting a displaced family.

* St. Mary’s Parish in Canandaigua is working to collect mattresses, school supplies, diapers and other goods to send to those in Mississippi affected by the hurricane.

* Many parishes around the diocese have held special collections to aid hurricane victims. These collections have cumulatively raised tens of thousands of dollars that have been donated to various relief agencies.

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