Over the past several days, all of us have been following the historic flooding in southeast Texas. Hurricane Harvey has created an unprecedented and catastrophic weather event of immense proportions. Our partners at Catholic Charities USA have conveyed that, along with Category 4 hurricane winds, 14-28 inches of rain fell in the Houston area on Saturday night alone. In some areas, it is anticipated that a total of 50 inches will fall, as the rains are expected to continue for at least another two days. Twelve million persons were under a flash flood warning over the weekend. Rivers will be rising and will be at historic flood stages for some time.
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. Our prayerful and financial support is urgently needed.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter to all bishops today asking them to consider taking up special collections and send funds as soon as possible. This emergency collection 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 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Proceeds should be forwarded to:
ATTN: 2017 Hurricane Harvey Collection
2222 W. Market St
Louisville, KY 40212
Checks should include a notation: 2017 Hurricane Harvey Collection
Thank you for your attention to this effort.