ARCHDIOCESE OF TORONTO

ARCHDIOCESE OF TORONTO

January 21, 2010 15:35 ET

Archdiocese of Toronto: Special Collection at 224 GTA Catholic Churches This Weekend for the People of Haiti

- Fundraising efforts, ongoing prayer continue at 224 Catholic churches -

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 21, 2010) - Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto will continue to offer prayers and accept charitable contributions with a special collection at every Catholic Church in the GTA this weekend to support the people of Haiti.

In the aftermath of the earthquakes that struck Haiti, Archbishop Thomas Collins requested that a second offering be held at each of the 224 parishes in the archdiocese the weekend of January 23/24, 2010. Prayers at all weekend masses for those affected by the January 12 disaster will continue.

The Archdiocese of Toronto's charitable fundraising arm, ShareLife, has been accepting financial contributions from the Catholic community through local churches, by phone and through its website (www.sharelife.org) since news of the initial earthquake was reported.

Funds collected by the Archdiocese of Toronto for this effort are channelled through its Catholic relief partner in Canada, Development & Peace, in order to reach Caritas Haiti, which runs 200 medical clinics in the country. Donations are supporting the initial disaster response and will assist with the reconstruction that will continue for years to come.

The Archdiocese of Toronto is Canada's largest diocese, stretching from Toronto north to Georgian Bay and from Oshawa to Mississauga. It is home to 1.9 million Catholics, more than 800 diocesan and religious priests and 224 parishes, with mass celebrated in more than 30 different languages each week.

Those wishing to donate to the relief effort can make a contribution online at www.sharelife.org, by phoning the ShareLife office (1-800-263-2595 or 416-934-3411) or by giving through their parish (making any cheques payable to ShareLife – (Parish Name) – Haiti Earthquake Relief).

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