Special collection announced for Hurricane Harvey relief

Bishop Ricken asks parishes to take up second collection

ALLOUEZ – Bishop David Ricken is asking parishes in the Diocese of Green Bay to take up a second collection for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Cindy St. Aubin, diocesan World Mission director, announced the special collection request in a letter released Aug. 29 to pastors, pastoral leaders and parish administrators.

Isiah Courtney carries his dog through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Texas. (CNS photo | Jonathan Bachman, Reuters)

“Our prayers go out to all those who experienced the fury of Hurricane Harvey,” stated St. Aubin. “As residents begin rebuilding and healing following the storm, Bishop Ricken is asking parishes to conduct a second collection the weekend of Sept. 2-3 or Sept. 9-10 to assist victims and dioceses affected by Hurricane Harvey.”

St. Aubin said that funds collected in this one-time special appeal “will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA, the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, as they and their member agencies respond to immediate emergency needs for necessities such as water, food, shelter, and medical care.”

Parishioners should make their checks payable to your parish and memo for Hurricane Harvey relief, said St. Aubin.

Parishioners may also make their donation by credit card through the Catholic Charities USA website: www.catholiccharitiesusa.org.

“The need is great and it is imperative we take up the cause now,” added St. Aubin. Parish bulletin announcements are being provided by the diocese to help parishes publicize the special collection.

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