Catholic Parishes to Take Up Collection for Hurricane Relief

August 30, 2005

The 140 parishes of the Archdiocese of Washington will take up a second collection at all Masses the weekend of September 17-18 (or on another weekend in September chosen by the parish) to assist the people affected by Hurricane Katrina in recovering from the damage of the storm.

In a letter sent to all parishes today, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, wrote, “Over the past few days, we have all witnessed the tremendous damage and devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina upon our brothers and sisters in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. I am asking your kindness in taking up an emergency collection for the people of those devastated regions…and that we encourage our faithful to be as generous as possible to aid our brothers and sisters who have gone through this terrible experience.”

The funds will be distributed to Catholic aid agencies in the affected regions.

The Archdiocese of Washington includes 560,000 Catholics who attend parishes in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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