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Helping Puerto Rico

Help them start downthe long road to recovery

When Bishop Ramos of the Diocese of Caguas, Puerto Rico found a working phone line, he made his first call to Catholic Extension to share the immediate needs of his diocese with the hope that we could help.

These islands are in chaos, and the Catholic Church needs your support to restore essential functions and ministries, so they can help meet basic human needs and eventually rebuild these communities.

Your gift will truly transform lives.

We have received updates from bishops in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Beaumont, Texas, whose dioceses are all reeling from the hurricanes. Fellow Catholics in these areas are relying on their faith for strength.

Right now your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by some of our generous longtime donors. Your generosity will make double the impact in rebuilding the Church after the worst series of hurricanes in history. May God bless you for your generosity and prayers.

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Hurricane Harvey Special Collection

The images of damage and flooding from Hurricane Harvey continue to grab our attention compelling us to help our brothers and sisters in Texas whose lives have been turned upside down by this devastating storm. While we must continue to offer prayers for those affected, our financial support is desperately needed as well. Therefore, I am asking you to take up a special second collection in your parishes this weekend to assist in relief efforts.

Funds given to the collection will support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and will provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the USCCB.

After your Masses this weekend please send a check, per the normal special collection procedure, with a note on the memo line titled “Hurricane Harvey collection” addressed to OLC.

In addition, parishioners may donate through Catholic Charities USA. More information on how to donate to help relief efforts can be found on the diocesan webpage here: http://www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org/multimedia/Pages/Hurricane_Harvey_Relief.aspx#.WaWG6sh96M8