After the Jan. 12 earthquake, parishes in the Boston archdiocese held two special weekend collections. Officials said Wednesday that the total is $1.8 million and rising.
Even amid the recession, it has taken less than a month for Boston Archdiocese parishes to collect almost $2 million for emergency relief for Haiti.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley announced the special collection a few days after the Jan. 12 earthquake devastated the poor Caribbean country. Parishes held two collections at Masses during the Jan. 16-17 and Jan. 30-31 weekends.
As of Wednesday, the collection stood at $1.8 million, with 50 of 291 parishes yet to report. Archdiocese officials estimate that the total will eventually pass $2 million.
“Our parishioners' generosity, at a time when so many are experiencing economic hardship, speaks to the depth of concern our Catholic family has for the people of Haiti,” Cardinal O’Malley said in a statement.
The Boston area has one of the largest Haitian communities in the United States.
The cardinal will visit Haiti on March 1, staying for parts of three days.
Meanwhile, Catholic Charities has provided free legal help to more than 600 Haitians seeking temporary protected status here. In January, President Obama’s administration granted temporary status to undocumented Haitians already in the country.
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