BRIDGEPORT—Second collections to assist the many Texas families who are in dire need of food, water, clothing and shelter, especially in the cities of Houston and Rockport will be taken in parishes throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has asked pastors to hold voluntary collections on either the weekend of September 9-10 or September 16-17.
The funds will be sent to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, which are providing aid to those directly affected by the historic storm.
“Our minds and hearts are united this morning with all our brothers and sisters who have endured the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey in southern Texas. By all accounts, the storm has caused catastrophic damage and continues to threaten the lives of millions of people. Please pray for all the victims of this terrible storm,” said Bishop Caggiano. “We also need to pray for the psychological and spiritual healing of many who were traumatized by the storm’s fury. We must especially remember the children and young people whose lives will never be the same because of what they experienced.”
“There will be a tremendous need for material help, especially as those who live in the path of this terrifying storm strive to rebuild their lives. Catholic Charities will be at the forefront to provide material and personal assistance to anyone in need. Please be as generous as you can in any efforts to provide food, water, shelter and medical supplies to those who are suffering.”
Hurricane Harvey has brought widespread flooding and damage to the State of Texas with many families expected to be unable to return to their homes for weeks or months.
Donations to the diocesan Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund can be made in the form of a check payable to the Diocese of Bridgeport.