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How You Can Help Churches and Parishioners in the Diocese of Brooklyn Impacted by Hurricane Ida

The water came quickly at St. Mary’s Winfield Church in Woodside that nothing in the lower church could be saved. That includes their brand-new Adoration chapel with a one-of-a kind Tabernacle monstrance and restored 150-year-old pews. (Photo: Currents News/NET-TV)

Tablet Staff

WINDSOR TERRACE — Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is asking the faithful in Brooklyn and Queens to support parishioners and parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn affected by Hurricane Ida.


“We have all seen the painful images, and in fact many of our parishes and parishioners have been directly affected by the enormous rain and flooding caused by Hurricane Ida,” Bishop DiMarzio said in a statement. “Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by this terrible disaster.”

To donate directly to the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Hurricane Ida Relief Fund, visit www.cfbq.org/ida or send a check made payable to the COMPOSTELA FUND OF THE RC DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN (with the notation “Hurricane Ida 2021”) which can be sent to the Diocesan Finance Office at 310 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

The monies collected by the diocese will be distributed as direct assistance to those affected by Ida.

The floodwaters of Hurricane Ida’s wrath destroyed parts of the Northeast and churches, schools and homes in the diocese among many other sites, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. For St. Mary’s Winfield Church in Woodside, pastor Father Christopher O’Connor said repairing and rebuilding the lower church is expected to cost more than $1 million. 

On Sept. 1, Ida’s record rain and flash flooding killed at least 44 people in four Northeastern states, unleashing torrential rains across large swaths of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.