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Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul collaborate to help Puerto Rican evacuees
Arnold Valentin of Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, right, and colleague James Oliver, who is a Vincentian in St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton, take a photo with a donation. The parish’s St. Vincent de Paul chapter has been working with Catholic Charities to help Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria. Courtesy photo
Arnold Valentin of Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, right, and colleague James Oliver, who is a Vincentian in St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton, take a photo with a donation. The parish’s St. Vincent de Paul chapter has been working with Catholic Charities to help Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria. Courtesy photo

“What can we do?”

The question is a familiar one in the wake of a disaster or tragedy, as it was for many after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and left the American citizens there without electricity, food and other necessary supplies.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Churches no longer exempt from FEMA disaster aid
WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is revising its policies to no longer exclude houses of worship from applying for federal aid to recover from damages caused by natural disasters. More ...
Friday, January 5, 2018
Notre Dame High School uses basketball tourney for hurricane relief

The community of Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, recently put their basketball skills to use during the school’s first “Hoops for Hope” charity tournament, the proceeds of which will go to aid residents of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean island of Dominica who were impacted by Hurricane Maria.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Supplies, transportation funds being collected for Puerto Rican hurricane relief

Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton has joined with St. Vincent de Paul and local community organizations, parishes and program directors to provide aid for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.

From now until Dec. 15, collection sites around the Diocese will be accepting goods to be shipped by sea to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Monetary donations are also encouraged to cover transportation costs.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Puerto Rico archbishop sees spiritual rebirth after storm's wrath
BALTIMORE -- Almost two months after the devastating winds and rains of Hurricane Maria pummeled the island of Puerto Rico, there is still no clear path to recovery. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
U.S. bishops call for 'meaningful action' to help hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico
WASHINGTON – As November began, the people of Puerto Rico still faced "an unprecedented level of need" because of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which devastated the island in September, said the chairmen of two U.S. bishops' committees. More ...
Friday, November 3, 2017
Catholic Charities, parishes, schools collect 44K pounds of hurricane relief aid around Diocese
The plight of millions of people devastated by the 2017 hurricane season is all too familiar to New Jersey residents. As the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy’s landfall in the Garden State approached, faithful of the Diocese of Trenton felt compelled to respond generously to those suffering from the damage wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the southern United States and Puerto Rico. More ...
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Diocese's parish communities raise nearly $820K through special collection for Hurricane Harvey relief

The following parishes in the Diocese of Trenton participated in a special collection held Sept. 2 and 3 supporting relief efforts in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston following Hurricane Harvey (results as of Oct. 23, 2017).

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Thursday, November 2, 2017
NJCC director reports on Catholic outreach from Puerto Rico
“Daily, I am greeted with ‘Gracias!’ Whether it is the residents in the building where I am staying or the barista at the local coffee shop, they go out of their way to thank me and the other members of the Catholic Charities USA team for coming to Puerto Rico to help their island recover.” More ...
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Diocesan faithful offer generous support to those impacted by hurricanes
In the days following the late August landfall of Hurricane Harvey, efforts to help residents along the Gulf Coast of Texas deal with the historic storm’s impact began to come together across the country.

In the Diocese of Trenton, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., called upon the faithful to remember their own plight nearly five years earlier from Superstorm Sandy and to support a special collection to be held in all parishes over Labor Day weekend. 
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Thursday, November 2, 2017
New Jersey Catholic Conference staffer shares experience in Puerto Rico
James King, director of the Office of Social Concerns for the New Jersey Catholic Conference – the public policy arm of the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey – is currently in Puerto Rico in support of Catholic Charities USA’s relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria. More ...
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Trenton Diocese's schools reach out to Hurricane Harvey victims
As students of the Diocese of Trenton watched the devastation unfold in Texas during Hurricane Harvey, they immediately wanted to do something to help. More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
A week after being hit by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico begs for help
WASHINGTON  – More than a week after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, much of the island remained without communication and in desperate need of humanitarian aid.

News programs have been broadcasting about long lines of travelers, who have little food or water, and are desperate to get off the island at the San Juan airport to no avail. 

But the scene of destruction outside the airport is even more stark: An island whose dense tropical landscape, along with its infrastructure, towns and cities, has been greatly stripped by winds that reached 155 mph.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
With prayer, Catholics in Puerto Rico deal with Hurricane Maria's wrath
WASHINGTON -- Authorities say it may take months for electricity to fully return to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island and its infrastructure as it made landfall Sept. 20. More ...
Friday, September 22, 2017
Catholic Charities Trenton coordinates donation drive for hurricane survivors
Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton has announced it will coordinate a collection of cleaning supplies and personal hygiene kits to be delivered to those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Individuals interested in participating can bring these items to one of four drop-off sites. All items must be in plastic bags and can be dropped off on or before Wednesday, Oct. 11.

“We are grateful for the support and partnership of our national organization, Catholic Charities USA, in providing the transportation of these donated items to locations in Texas,” said Executive Director Marlene Laó-Collins.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Manalapan parish members travel to Texas to help hurricane victims
For Anthony Pluchino of St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, extending help in a crisis is second nature. Having experienced firsthand the wrath of Superstorm Sandy on the Jersey Shore in 2012, he didn’t think twice before offering to assist with hurricane recovery efforts this month in Houston, Texas.

As members of their parish’s St. Vincent de Paul conference, Pluchino and his wife, Marie, have long embraced the opportunity to come to the aid of those in need. When Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area, they decided to travel to Texas the weekend of Sept. 16 for a week to lend a hand.
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

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