Hurricane Harvey Relief; Hurricane Irma Watch
Our own Bishop Barres has called on all our parishes to have a special collection for a fund for victims of Hurricane Harvey. A special collection was had this past weekend and we will have another collection on the 16th and 17th. You can also send a donation to the Finance Office, Diocese of Rockville Centre, P.O. Box 9023, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-9023. Checks should be made out to the Diocese of Rockville Centre. “Hurricane Harvey” should be marked on the memo section of the check. For more information call 516-678-5800, ext. 622.
Catholic Charities USA is taking leadership in addressing disaster relief efforts. Catholic Charities USA is coordinating with Catholic Charities in the affected diocese in the same way they coordinated with our own local Catholic Charities during Hurricane Sandy. To donate, text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 or visit www.catholiccharitiesusa.org.
You can also donate by calling 1-800-919-9338 -Or- By Mail: PO Box 17066 Baltimore, MD 21297-1066 and put “Hurricane Harvey” in the memo line of the check.
As we are writing this bulletin post we are very much aware of Hurricane Irma’s development and alarming strength as it looks into hitting the United States this weekend. We offer the following prayer so we can hold all the people who will be affected by these disasters.
May the Lord Give Might to His People
Compassionate God, We pray for all those in Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey, and for all those who will be affected by Hurricane Irma. To all of these people we offer the encouraging words of the psalmist:
“May the Lord give might to his people; may the Lord bless his people with peace!” (Psalm 29:11)
As families seek shelter, we pray: May the Lord give might to his people; may the Lord bless his people with peace!
As people search for loved ones, we pray: “May the Lord give might to his people; may the Lord bless his people with peace!”
As survivors look to the future, we pray: “May the Lord give might to his people; may the Lord bless his people with peace!”
As rescue workers work tirelessly, we pray: “May the Lord give might to his people; may the Lord bless his people with peace!”
Lord, give might to those who need your strength to carry on. Fill their troubled hearts with your peace and move us with your compassion, that we may respond generously to those in need.