From the fund menu, choose "Special Collection - Designated", then "2016 Lousiana Floods"
August 26, 2016
My dear brother priests,
Over the past days, all of us have been following the historic flooding in Louisiana.
The region is experiencing what is being called the worst domestic disaster since Super
Storm Sandy. These recent storms may not have been named, but the names of those
suffering in the wake of the worst flooding since Hurricane Katrina are our sisters and
brothers. As many as 60,000 homes have been damaged, with nearly 20,000 people being rescued from the flood waters. Lives have been cruelly altered. As a people of God, let us come to their aid. I encourage parishioners across Galveston-Houston to respond
generously. Our prayer and material support is urgently needed to help rebuild lives.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the families that have lost loved ones and to all
those living in communities who have lost homes and businesses along with their sense
of security. We also stand with our brother bishops in the region who have the difficult
task of providing pastoral care in these most trying times while managing simultaneously
their own losses.
Therefore, I encourage you to take up a second collection for our affected brothers
and sisters, and that this emergency collection for the 2016 Louisiana Floods is taken on
the weekend of September 3-4. This emergency collection will be used both to
support the humanitarian efforts of Catholic Charities and to provide pastoral and
rebuilding support to impacted dioceses.
With assurances of my sincere gratitude for your generous and timely response to the great needs we now face, I am
Sincerely in Christ,
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
Most Rev. George Sheltz