Katie Crombe, from Catholic Charities, spoke at the Masses at St. Stephen Church last weekend about the upcoming Catholic Charities drive. Crombe is part of a small group of young people with Catholic Charities who work with immigrants. She spoke about the work she does as part of the many diverse services provided by Catholic Charities to people of any ethnic or religious background.
The Rev. Paul Nogaro, pastor of St. Stephen's, said that, last year, the people of Grand Island contributed more than $180,000 to the Catholic Charities drive. That total, he said, was up some from the previous year. Nogaro said that, in the 12 years he has been at St. Stephen's, Grand Islanders have donated a total of more than $2 million.
The goal of this year's drive is $10,600,000. The patron saint is Blessed John Paul II, and the theme is "Protect. Strengthen. Empower." The appeal runs through Palm Sunday, April 1. Donations can be made at the weekend Masses, or by calling the rectory at 773-7647.
Committee members pictured from left are Maria Schory, George Minton, Eileen Minton, Jo Ann Linenfelser, Dan Linenfelser and Father Nogaro.