Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

20170826T2032 0206 CNS HURRICANE HARVEY 800A man walks through floods waters and onto the main road Aug. 26 after surveying his property which was hit by Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Texas. (CNS/Adrees Latif, Reuters)HARTFORD — The Archdiocese of Hartford will have a special collection at all Masses on Sept. 9 and 10 for the victims of the historic flooding in Hurricane Harvey's aftermath.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair has authorized the collection in response to a request from Archbishop José A. Gomez, vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), to the leaders of all Catholic dioceses.

The letter reviewed the historic flooding that is occurring in southeast Texas and emphasized predictions of more rain in some areas of Texas and Louisiana.

"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," Archbishop Gomez wrote.

"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," he added.

The letter goes on to say that funds collected over that weekend will be used both to support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and to provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the USCCB.