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CNS Photo, Jonathan Drake, Reuters - Destruction from Hurricane Irma, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin IslandsThe past month has been wrought with a seemingly unprecedented number of natural disasters. The toll on human life, economies and faith communities is immense and the full extent of the impact will take time to assess. 

On the heels of Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Harvey before her, Hurricane Maria swept through much of the same geography. In addition, our brothers and sisters in central Mexico were hit with a 7.1 magnitude earthquake not even three weeks after southern Mexico experienced an 8.1 magnitude quake. We turn to our Lord in this time of need as people and communities in Mexico and throughout Texas, Florida, the Gulf Coast, and the Caribbean face the difficult work of piecing their lives back together. Let us continue to pray for them on their long road to recovery and share our financial resources generously. 

Special collection

Thank you for your generous support of the Hurricane Harvey relief collection Sept. 2-3 and 9-10. In light of Hurricane Maria and the earthquakes in Mexico, Bishop Walkowiak is asking parishioners in the Diocese of Grand Rapids to support a special collection Sept. 23-24 for natural disaster and crisis relief efforts.

These funds will be used in all affected areas to support humanitarian aid, assistance with long-term efforts to restore communities after widespread destruction, and for the pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church in the U.S., the Caribbean and Mexico. For many in these regions the Church provides them with aid and basic necessities. Now more than ever these churches need our help.


To support relief efforts in the Caribbean and Mexico, donate to Catholic Relief Services.
To support relief efforts in the US Virgin Islands, Texas, Florida and the Gulf Coast, donate to Catholic Charities USA.

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