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Blue Hill Parish Holds Benefit For Haiti Earthquake Victims

BLUE HILL, HOLY TRINITY – Holy Trinity Parish in Blue Hill held a fundraising pancake and sausage luncheon at the Blue Hill Community Center Jan. 24 to benefit earthquake victims in Haiti. In the event, the parish of 50 families hosted nearly 200 guests and raised more than $1,600 for the Catholic Social Services fund for Haiti relief. (Courtesy photo)

BLUE HILL (SNR) – Wayne and Cherie Bonifas of Holy Trinity Parish in Blue Hill organized a fundraising pancake and sausage luncheon at the Blue Hill Community Center Jan. 24. Proceeds from the event will go to Catholic Social Services to aid in relief for the Haiti earthquake victims.

Father James Schrader, pastor of the parish of 50 families, said the parish held a special collection at Mass Jan. 17 to benefit the CSS collection for Haiti relief. After Mass, he said, Mr. Bonifas approached him with the benefit luncheon idea.

“I said I thought it was a great idea,” he said.

The event involved much of the parish quickly. Men of the parish and women of the Altar Society worked together, with help from the CCD classes and their instructors. Some of the students helped by setting up tables and chairs, and others helped in the serving line and with clean-up. Younger students made posters depicting the plight of the people of Haiti and these were displayed on tables at the entrance of the community center.

The parish hosted nearly 200 guests and raised more than $1,600 in the event.

Father Schrader said the community response was “really inspiring.” The parish was very happy with the turn-out, particularly considering that there wasn’t much time to advertise the event.

Father Christopher Kubat, CSS executive director, said the response of people across the Diocese of Lincoln to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti has been similarly impressive.

“In the past, he said, “when faced with suffering members of the body of Christ in other parts of the state, country and world they have always responded generously. From the aftermath of local disasters, like the debilitating ice storms across Nebraska, to Katrina and now the earthquake in Haiti, evidence of their love for Christ in others has manifested itself by their charity.

“So far,” he continued, “we have collected almost $300,000 from the people of southern Nebraska. Because of the tremendous need, I am confident that this amount will continue to grow.”

He added that 100% of the funds sent to CSS for Haiti will be forwarded to the relief effort. Those wanting to contribute can send a check made out to Catholic Social Services with “Haiti relief effort” in the memo portion of the check. Donations may be sent to Catholic Social Services, 2241 “O” St., Lincoln, NE 68510.

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