For Release :
Archbishop Calls on Community for Aid and Prayers
For Victims of Earthquake in Haiti
The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, has authorized an emergency collection to be taken at all Catholic parishes in the Newark Archdiocese to assist in relief efforts in the aftermath of devastation in Haiti from yesterday’s earthquake.
The collection can be taken during Masses scheduled over the weekends of
January 16-17, January 23-24 and January 30-31.
The Archdiocese of Newark has many close ties to the country of Haiti. Today, some 31,000 Haitians live within the four northern New Jersey Counties that constitute the Archdiocese. Haitian Catholics worship in and participate in the life of in parishes within the Archdiocese and several parishes have maintained regular medical and charitable mission efforts to Haiti and her people over the years. The Archdiocese also administers the Catholic mission presence on Turks & Caicos Islands, which is very close to Haiti and which also contains a large number of Haitian parishioners.
The Haitian Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Newark and the Archdiocese’s mission in Turks & Caicos will coordinate the distribution of all donations from this special collection and will cooperate with other Catholic efforts in the area, most notably Catholic Relief Services.
Archbishop Myers also asked that the victims of this disaster be remembered in the General Intercessions at Mass and all other prayers services at churches and schools within the Archdiocese.
Anyone interested in making a donation may do so at any Catholic parish, or may send donations to:
Archdiocese of Newark – Haitian Earthquake Relief
c/o Office of Finance
P.O. Box 9500
Newark, NJ 07104-0500
For more information about the Church's relief efforts in Haiti, click here.