Bishop Walkowiak asked for a special collection to be taken up in parishes of the diocese the weekend of Sept. 14-15 to support Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. Donations collected in parishes will be sent to Catholic Relief Services (CRS). CRS—along with local partners—is working quickly to assess immediate needs in the Bahamas. Your contribution will be used to help bring relief, in the form of food, emergency shelter, and safe water to affected families.

Hurricane Dorian has left the Bahamas in a state of devastation. The latest reports indicate at least 44 people have been killed, most of them in the Abaco Islands which were hit hardest by the Category 5 storm. Families who survived have been left with virtually nothing.

On Sept. 4, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued a statement calling for prayers for those affected and inviting all people of goodwill to give in support of relief efforts. Your continued prayers are appreciated.

Prayer for Disaster Relief (Catholic Charities USA)

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To support relief efforts in the Bahamas, give to Catholic Relief Services.

To support relief efforts in the United States, give to Catholic Charities USA.