The Archdiocese of Omaha will take up a special collection at this weekend’s Masses to help offset the damage arising from severe flooding.
Deacon Tim McNeil, spokesman for the archdiocese, says pastors were asked to conduct a needs assessment in their communities. Based on that evaluation, pastors can request funds from the archdiocese to aid in short- and long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts.
“Grants may be distributed to purchase water, food, shelter, cleaning supplies, tools, building materials, and tuition assistance for displaced employees,” McNeil says.
McNeil said archdiocesan funds will not be restricted to parishes and their immediate needs. He said pastors can request funds to help with community wide recovery programs.