At all weekend Masses on September 2-3 and September 9-10, parishes throughout the Diocese of Orlando will have special collections to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Donations will be sent to our partners at Catholic Charities USA who are providing relief services in Texas.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families that have lost loved ones and to all who have lost homes and businesses along with their sense of peace and normalcy,” said Bishop John Noonan of the Diocese of Orlando. “We pray for the first responders as they minister to those who are suffering. We ask God to enlighten the eyes of our heart that we might bring hope to His people.”
Catholic Charities USA says that, along with Category 4 hurricane winds, 14-28 inches of rain fell in the Houston area on Saturday night alone. Twelve million persons were under a flash flood warning over the weekend. Rivers will be rising and will be at historic flood stages for some time.