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Queens parishes continue to minister to Hurricane Sandy’s victims

Catholic World News - December 05, 2012

Over a month after Hurricane Sandy ravaged parts of the Caribbean and the United States, electricity and heat have yet to be restored to nearly half of the homes in some parishes in New York City’s borough of Queens.

“I’m humbled by the faith of the people, by the generosity of the people and by the spirit of the people, even in the face of such great adversity,” said Father Richard Ahlemeyer, the pastor of two parishes that were severely affected by the storm.

“There are real needs right now,” he added. “We have a food program running out of our gymnasium. 100 people a day are coming to get food and hot meals because they don’t have any place to cook, and there are no places to buy food on the peninsula; no stores are open.”

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