November 5, 2015
Parishioners of St. Rita Parish, Fairfax, donated $10,000 to St. Joseph Church, Middletown, where 41 parish families lost their homes in September’s Valley Fire. Four of the families are now living in the parish rectory.
“St. Rita parishioners were shocked and saddened by the devastation and decided to take action,” said Father Kenneth Weare, St. Rita pastor.
Father Weare said parishioners were inspired by the well-known words and actions of Pope Francis, and his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, responding with a special collection that yielded the $10,000 gift.
Almost 2,000 structures were destroyed in the blaze including almost 1,300 homes, more than 65 commercial properties and almost 600 minor structures. The fire burned more than 76,000 acres.