Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh to take special collection for Tree of Life
Parishes within the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh are being asked to take up a special collection next weekend to help those affected by the Tree of Life synagogue massacre in Squirrel Hill.
The donations will be taken during second collections at Masses on Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday, Nov. 11.
“This collection is a gift of love and solidarity from one religious community to another, to say that the Catholic people of Southwestern Pennsylvania suffer with you and we are here to support you,” Bishop David Zubik said. “The congregations at Tree of Life are free to use these donations in whatever way they believe is right, to help their members recover and to restore their house of worship.”
Families associated with the three congregations face expenses associated with the deaths of 11 members and the wounding of other members, and the building, itself, sustained damage that will require repair and renovation, Zubik said.