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Bishop Burbidge Provides Video Message on Tornado Destruction

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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge is requesting the faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh to include in their prayers this Holy Week a special intention for the victims and survivors of the deadly tornadoes that ripped through portions of the Diocese Saturday, April 16, 2011. In a video message, Bishop Burbidge explains that the Diocese of Raleigh, through its seven regional offices of Catholic Charities, has been assessing the needs of those impacted.

An example is in the Raleigh Deanery in which Catholic Charities, through Catholic Parish Outreach, its local agency in Wake County, has been providing assistance to the impacted mobile home community that sustained major damage and the loss of three young children, members of St. Raphael Parish in Raleigh. In Bertie County, staff members from the Albemarle Deanery are working with the Glenmary Missioners and the Catholic Community of Bertie County, to assist local government agencies in assessing damage and providing services, including trauma counseling. 

Bishop Burbidge has asked pastors and pastoral administrators, at the time they deem most appropriate, to consider offering their parishioners an opportunity to contribute to a special collection for the relief efforts.

“May Our Lord be especially close to each of these most in need,” Bishop Burbidge said in his message, “and may God also bless you and your family during these sacred days and always.”

Above: Catholic Parish Outreach volunteers providing food products to victims of tornado in mobile home park in southeast Raleigh.

Above: Residents in affected area receiving clothing to replace lost possessions.

Above: Raleigh police officers providing assistance to mobile home residents.