Dear Friends in Christ,
We are all very concerned about our brothers and sisters on the Gulf Coast who are suffering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey. I have asked all 74 of our parishes in the Diocese of Dallas to take up a Special Collection on September 2nd and 3rd or September 9th and 10th. The funds collected will be used to provide for the most urgent needs of the victims of this historic storm such as shelter, food, water and clothing. I know the good people of our diocese will be generous.
If for some reason you cannot contribute to the Special Collection, I ask you to assist the storm victims in another very important way, by offering special prayers for their safety and recovery. I share this Prayer for Hurricane Victims from our Office of Worship. Certainly you can offer a Rosary, a novena or other prayers for this special intention.
Another important note is that the Bishops of Texas along with the Catholic Charities across the state will meet by phone on August 30 to determine how to best coordinate our resources now and in the coming weeks to ensure that the communities ravaged by Hurricane Harvey receive the support they need. The Diocese of Dallas with Catholic Charities of Dallas and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Dallas also are coordinating with the City of Dallas, Dallas County, American Red Cross and other Emergency Response agencies to determine how our Catholic community can best offer assistance to all those men, women and children from the Gulf Coast who have sought refuge in the Dallas area.
May God our Heavenly Father bless all who have been affected by this epic storm. May He protect and keep them and bring them comfort and strength in the days and months ahead.
Bishop Edward J. Burns
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