Thank you for your generous response to aid victims of Hurricanes Eta and Iota in December both online and in our parishes. The diocese received $14,794.50 from 20 parishes and has directed those funds to Catholic Relief Services to provide lifesaving assistance.

The impact in Central America of back-to-back Hurricanes Eta and Iota has caused widespread devastation and loss. Hardest hit have been Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico. People who were already living in poverty are now facing the damaging aftermath of powerful winds, flash floods, river overflows, and landslides.

Our diocese is home to a significant number of people from Guatemala. Moreover, many people living in these countries are already subject to dangerous conditions due to violence, insecurity and lack of economic opportunities, making recovery from these natural disasters even more burdensome.

To aid victims of these natural disasters, Bishop Walkowiak asked for a special collection in the parishes of our diocese the weekend of Dec. 5/6. Funds collected were directed to Catholic Relief Services.

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Pray for victims of natural disasters (Catholic Charities USA):

God of hope and mercy, we lift up to you all victims of natural disasters and those responding with assistance and aid. Protect all who are in any form of danger; provide practical help to those in need; strengthen the weary, console the grieving, heal the suffering; and bless those engaged in disaster relief efforts with safety and courage. Help all people of good will respond with compassion and generous hearts. Amen.