2014-04-03 / Front Page

Diocese recognized for typhoon relief

The Diocese of Metuchen has been recognized for its assistance in the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines that were coordinated by Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

In the wake of the natural disaster last November, Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski asked all parishes in the four-county diocese to take up a special collection to help with CRS’ relief efforts. Altogether, the diocese donated about $600,000 to the cause — one of the largest amounts collected for this effort among the Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States, according to CRS officials.

“I am honored by the recognition and would like to acknowledge that it is the result of the genuine concern and outpouring of support shown by the people of our diocese, who so generously have responded to the call to help our brothers and sisters in the Philippines,” Bootkoski said.

The collection, initiated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was part of a nationwide effort to help cover the costs of immediate humanitarian needs and long-term reconstruction.

Donations included those generated by second collections in diocesan parishes, individuals, matching-gift programs, schools and foundations.

The contributions helped CRS offer assistance to about 500,000 people with shelter, living supplies, water, sanitation and hygiene, debris clearing and income recovery. The money also helped boost its staff in the Philippines from about 70 to hundreds after the typhoon.

Officials from the CRS Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region recently traveled to the diocesan center in Piscataway to thank Bootkoski for the support shown by the diocese and present him with a certificate of appreciation, signed by CRS President and CEO Carolyn Y. Woo. Also present at the meeting were members of the Catholic Charities Solidarity Team and its Filipino Apostolate.

Through March 30, the Diocese of Metuchen’s Catholic Charities Solidarity Team embarked on “a week of action” in support of Typhoon Haiyan survivors, including an evening event held March 25 at Holy Family Parish with a collection to benefit the Philippines.

For more information, call 732-545- 1681, visit www.hub4sacredheart.org or follow @holyfamily4all on Twitter.

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