Bishop Zubik's Letter on Hurricane Sandy
To the Clergy, Religious and Faithful of the Diocese of Pittsburgh:
We have seen the news coverage of the devastation wrought from the wind, rain and flooding of Hurricane Sandy. The east coast of our nation has been dramatically altered by this disaster. The magnitude of this storm, first of all in human lives and secondly in material damage, is unfathomable. Over 100 lives have been lost; over a million people are still without power; tens of thousands are homeless; whole communities remain underwater; roads, bridges, subways are flooded. This very well may be the most damaging hurricane in the history of our nation.
As Church, we must respond. I am asking all parishes to take up a collection this weekend: November 10–11 at all Masses to aid those who are suffering from this disaster.
The proceeds of this collection will be shared with the national office of Catholic Charities, which is already networking with local Church organizations in New York, New Jersey and all impacted communities to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable.
There is no doubt in my mind that the faithful of our diocese will respond with extraordinary generosity to the staggering needs of our sisters and brothers.
We also need to lift up in prayer all who have died as a result of this storm, as well as the bereaved, the suffering and all who are coming to their aid.
While notice of this special collection comes quickly, the urgent need of our sisters and brothers warrants our immediate response.
Grateful for our belief that “Nothing is Impossible with God,” I am
Your brother in Christ,
Most Reverend David A. Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh