Diocesan wide collection for victims of Hurricane Harvey

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - We, the Church in and of Baton Rouge, extend our hearts and prayers to all devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Having had our own experiences of the devastation that natural disasters can bring to life, property, livelihood, security and well-being, we identify and empathize with others so affected.

A special monetary collection will be taken up in all our churches on the weekend of September 9-10, 2017. Checks should be made out to the “Diocese of Baton Rouge, Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund” and placed in the Church collection or mailed to P. O. Box 2028, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2028.

Our Diocesan Catholic Charities will also be working with the network of Catholic relief agencies in the entire region offering physical support and help.

In so doing we hope to promote human solidarity with, spiritual and material support of, sincere commitment to and effective recovery for storm victims. As good stewards of our local Church we commiserate with, pray for and conscientiously extend outreach to our neighbors so afflicted.

During this crisis we find special comfort and solace in God’s Holy Word as recorded by St. Paul: “I consider this suffering of the present time as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us… We know that all things work for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:18, 28).

May God bless us all. 

Bishop Robert W. Muench

Bishop of Baton Rouge on behalf of the Diocese of Baton Rouge 

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