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It’s Nice to Know People Care

It’s nice to know people care.  I’m not talking about people who care about me.  Two weeks we had major flooding in the southeast corner of our diocese from the remnants of Hurricane Lee.  The Diocese of Rochester in which I live and serve covers a twelve county area.  Only three counties (Chemung, Tioga, and Tompkins) were severely affected by flooding with Tioga receiving the worst damage.  Broome County in the Syracuse diocese and the neighboring counties in Pennsylvania were also greatly affected.

People have lost homes.  Some businesses aren’t sure if they will ever reopen.  People are in need and people in the surrounding area have been donating money and goods.  Some are forming volunteer work groups to help.  Jesus calls us to care and help and people are doing just that.

Our Bishop, Matthew Clark, has called for all our parishes to take up a second collection.  You can read more about that at http://www.dor.org/index.cfm/news/news-docs/second-collection-for-flood-victims/.  Bishop wrote this week in his column and was going to join the local parish community this past week for Sunday Mass.

If you would like to read more about the effects of the flooding check out the local media coverage.

 Be mindful of people in need because the Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Peace,

Fr. Jeff

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