A message from Bishop Iffert
Tornado Disaster Relief
Dear Clergy, Religious, and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Covington,
Together, we grieve for our neighbors in Western Kentucky whose lives were shattered by tornadoes last Saturday morning. As I write to you, we know that at least 74 people died in the storms. More than 100 people are still missing. Thousands more have lost shelter, work, and stability. One of today’s national headlines reads, “In one Kentucky town, many tornado survivors are left with just the clothes on their backs.”
Many of the communities so deeply affected are in the Diocese of Owensboro. That local Catholic Church is already stepping up to provide shelter and food to many. They report that they are barely able to keep up with the calls for assistance rolling into their Catholic Center. This journey will be a long one as the people of that Catholic Church mourn and bury their dead, meet the immediate needs of those who have lost so much, assist families in repairing and rebuilding, and finally tend to their own heavily damaged churches and schools.
Our hearts are with our neighbors! On Saturday morning after the storms, many of our parishes and schools had already started to collect funds and items to help with the relief and restoration efforts. I ask each parish and mission in the Diocese of Covington to take up a collection this Saturday and Sunday, December 18 and 19, for those whose lives are affected by these tornadoes. The Diocese of Covington will collect these funds and forward them quickly to the Diocese of Owensboro to provide immediate assistance.
This holy season of Advent reminds us that the Holy Family once sought shelter in a time of crisis. They depended upon the goodwill of others as they fled King Herod’s destructive wrath. May we recognize Christ in our neighbors in need and respond prayerfully and generously, as if to Christ Himself. Thank you for all you do to give glory to His name.
Yours in prayer and hope,
Most Rev. John C. Iffert
Bishop of Covington
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