The Diocese of Sioux City will join others across the United States in adding a special collection, the weekend of Sept. 9-10, to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey along the Gulf Coast.
Among the most affected areas are the Diocese of Victoria and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, which is overseen by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, former Bishop of Sioux City from 1998 to 2004.
In a letter to the faithful, (see page 13), Bishop Walker Nickless, referenced the devastation to homes, churches, schools and businesses.
“The area affected includes several dioceses, most catastrophically the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, now the home of our own Cardinal Daniel DiNardo,” he stated. “These dioceses, with their parishes and other institutions, and especially with the church’s charity organizations, will be at the forefront of caring for those displaced by the storm and the flooding, and likewise of the coming efforts to rebuild. They, and other worthwhile organizations involved in the same good works, will need your prayers and support.”
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, asked bishops across the country to consider a special collection, taken during Masses the weekend of Sept. 2-3 or Sept. 9-10. Cardinal DiNardo currently serves as USCCB president.
“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 normalcy,” Archbishop Gomez said. “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 their own losses. Our prayerful and financial support is urgently needed.”
Funds collected will support emergency aid and recovery efforts under Catholic Charities USA and pastoral and rebuilding support to the affected dioceses through the bishops’ conference. Individuals may also make a donation directly to the agency for the same purpose, at its website, catholiccharitiesusa.org.
The storm has dumped more than four feet of rain on some areas of Texas and Louisiana, weather observers have reported. Thousands of people have evacuated flooded homes and communities.
Numerous parishes and schools have been flooded while others have offered facilities as shelter. Parishes have also helped distribute food and emergency supplies to storm victims.
“Together with Cardinal DiNardo and the bishops throughout the affected region, I express deep gratitude to the first responders and countless volunteers who are assisting the Gulf Coast region in countless ways,” Archbishop Gomez noted.
Catholic News Service contributed to this article.