Parish collections will take place the weekend of Oct. 8-9 or Oct. 15-16.

Following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ian in Florida, Bishop Walkowiak has called for a special collection for natural disaster relief to be taken up in parishes of the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

Funds collected will be directed to the Bishops Emergency Disaster Relief Fund and are used to support the work of Catholic Charities USA and/or Catholic Relief Services, the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church, as they and their local agencies respond following natural disasters by providing water, food, shelter and medical care and aid in long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts.

Hurricane Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa in southwestern Florida on Sept. 28 as a dangerous Category 4 storm after leaving a path of destruction in the Caribbean. After crossing the Florida peninsula, where it weakened into a tropical storm, it strengthened again over the water and made a second landfall in South Carolina.

“As of Oct. 2, at least 80 people were confirmed dead, and more than 1,600 people had been rescued in parts of southwest and central Florida; 590,000 people were still without power in Florida, but that figure was a significant reduction from the nearly 2 million who had no power immediately after Hurricane Ian struck.” (Read more from Catholic News Service)

Give Online

To give online directly to Hurricane Ian relief through Catholic Charities USA, click the “Give Now” button below:

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church. CCUSA will direct 100 percent of the funds raised through this effort to its agencies that are working with residents impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Please continue to pray for those who’ve lost loved ones, homes and businesses because of damage caused by Hurricane Ian.

Prayer for Disaster Relief (Catholic Charities USA)