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In response to the escalating crisis of Syrian refugees, Archbishop Smith is asking parishes to take up a second collection during all masses on the weekend of October 18. This collection is part of an unprecedented joint appeal to Catholics across the country, involving the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Canadian Organization for Development and Peace, the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, and Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Our Syrian brothers and sisters are suffering unimaginable misery. Please do what you can to reach out to help, whether by prayer, by volunteer action in sponsoring a refugee family, or by your financial gift.