~~Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the USCCB, has requested an emergency collection benefiting the victims of the severe flooding in Louisiana. With Bishop Konderla’s approval, and per the USCCB’s recommendation, the emergency collection will be held on the weekend of September 18, 2016. The following communication is provided by the USCCB:


The funds collected in this one-time special appeal for the 2016 Louisiana Floods will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA, the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, as they and their member agencies respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as shelter, clean water, food, and medical care as well as to the long term need to rebuild and recover after widespread destruction, and to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church.

In the Archbishop’s statement, he says, “As many as 60,000 homes have been damaged, with nearly 20,000 people being rescued from the flood waters.” We appreciate the support and generosity of your parishes

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