Thursday, October 5, 2017

Service for the Victims of Natural Disaster

From The Rt. Rev. Andrew ML Dietsche, Bishop of New York
Service for the Victims of Natural Disaster ~ Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Cathedral

My dear brothers and sisters,

The last week and a half has seen, in the hurricane which has ravaged Puerto Rico, the latest in a series of natural disasters which has, in just over a month, visited unspeakable ruin upon Texas, Florida, the Caribbean (especially the Virgin Islands and Cuba), Mexico, and now Puerto Rico. Countless people in our diocese have been personally affected by these storms. Indeed, members of my own staff have lived through harrowing days in the last week waiting for word from missing family members. I know that they represent thousands of New Yorkers who have carried the same fears for those they love.

We have, following each of these events, provided information on how people in our diocese may help the victims of these disasters. We believe that the best resource for us as Episcopalians is Episcopal Relief & Development, and we have commended that to you. Now it is my honor to invite you to

A Service for the Victims of 
Natural Disaster in the Caribbean and Mexico
Saturday, October 7 at 12:00 Noon
The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025
The Eucharist will gather us to pray, to remember, and to be strengthened for the work of relief and redevelopment for the people directly affected, and comfort and strength for the many families in our diocese that are grieving. A free-will offering will be gathered, and those funds will be sent to the Episcopal Relief & Development Fund for use in the affected countries. 

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