The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington is helping furloughed federal workers and others affected by the government shutdown in two ways: through increased support of Vermont Catholic Charities Inc.’s Emergency Aid Program and a “Souperbowl Sunday” collection in Catholic parishes.
Each parish in the state collected soup and canned goods to send to local foodshelves.
“It’s an opportunity for us to be generous,” said Bishop Christopher Coyne. “Especially when there’s a lot of generosity around the table this afternoon with all the food and fun with our friends and family. It’s also a time to remember those who can’t sit by the TV and be warm.”
More than 70 parishes in the state participated in the effort.