In union with Pope Francis and his brother bishops in the United States, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland is asking parishioners in the Diocese of Tyler to respond to the needs of the people of Nepal who have been affected by the devastating earthquake that struck that country in late April.
Bishop Strickland has authorized a special collection to be taken up at all Masses of obligation in parishes of the diocese this weekend, May 9-10.
The funds will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Relief Services as that agency addresses the immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter and medical care as well as the long-term needs to rebuild the communities in the regions hit with widespread destruction. A CRS team is already on the ground in Kathmandu, the capital city and one of the most affected areas, and its local partner Caritas Nepal has started distributing food and shelter.
To date, more than 7,000 people were known to have been killed and millions were left homeless after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit a mountainous region near Kathmandu.
Checks should be made payable to “Diocese of Tyler,” with “Earthquake Nepal” included on the memo line.