Overwhelming relief: Diocese collects for victims of tornadoes
A nightmarish tornado outbreak across Central Illinois in mid-November is being followed by a perfect storm of generosity in the season of giving.
Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, asked all parishes in the diocese to conduct a second collection for tornado victims at Masses the weekend of Nov. 23-24. As of Wednesday, Dec. 11, more than $118,000 had already been forwarded with 86 parishes still to report.
Bishop Jenky said the funds will be distributed to affected areas around the diocese under the direction of Catholic Charities, including to the devastated communities of Washington and Gifford hit by separate tornadoes on Nov. 17.
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