The Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, has asked all Catholic parishes in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore to take up a special collection this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3, to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.
If parishes are not able to take up the collection this weekend for some reason, the bishop has asked that the collection take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and 10. All donations will go to assist Catholic Charities USA and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in their efforts to help survivors of this historic storm and the resulting flooding.
"The people of the diocese are exceedingly generous," said Malooly. "The Catholic community of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore donated funds totaling more than $1 million to help those in need in the wake of 2004's Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. We expect the same level of outpouring for our brothers and sisters who are now suffering in Texas."
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops president, has called for prayers and solidarity with those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. DiNardo also called on all people of goodwill to closely monitor future calls for assistance for victims and survivors in the days ahead.
"May God, the lord of mercy and compassion, protect all who are still in danger, and bring to safety those who are missing," said DiNardo. "May he care in a special way for those who were already homeless, or without support and resources, before this disaster. We pray in thanksgiving for the first responders who are risking their lives to save others at this very moment. We include in our intentions the everyday heroes reaching out to help their neighbors in need, those who, like the Good Samaritan, cannot walk by a person in need without offering their hand in aid."