October 28, 2022

Special collection this weekend to aid those impacted by hurricanes, flooding

Criterion staff report

Parishes in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis are taking up a special collection at all Masses on the weekend of Oct. 29-30 to support the USCCB Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund.  

This fund helps individuals, communities and Catholic entities harmed by natural and other disasters. Hurricanes Fiona and Ian, tropical storms and flooding have caused significant loss of life and billions of dollars of damage in Florida, Haiti and Puerto Rico during the past three months.

The contributions received from the faithful will support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services, the official relief agencies of the Catholic Church in the U.S., as they and their local agencies respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter and medical care, and aid in long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts.

Donations also provide funding for grants to impacted dioceses for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church.

Checks are asked to be made out to parishes with a notation on the memo line for the “Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund.” †

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