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Special Collection for Haiti Disaster Relief

Dear Reverend and Dear Father,

Dear Parish Life Coordinators,


On August 19, 2021, I announced a special collection for the weekend of September 25th and 26th on behalf of those in Haiti devastated by the recent earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace.  The funds received would be used both to support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Relief Services and to provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the USCCB’s Emergency Disaster Fund.


Sadly, as we anticipate that collection, countless numbers of people have now been impacted by Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in the Gulf Coast and moved inland as a tropical storm, causing damage and suffering in numerous states including many in the northeastern portion of the United States.


To facilitate our response to the needs of our suffering brothers and sisters, I ask that you include support for victims of Hurricane Ida, along with victims of the Haitian earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace, in the special collection already scheduled for the weekend of September 25th and 26th. 


All funds received will become part of the Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund and will be used to support the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church as well as the efforts of Catholic Charities, USA and/or Catholic Relief Services, the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church. 


Once again, thank you for your cooperation with this effort.  May we continue to hold in prayer all those affected by this natural disaster. 


†Joseph C. Bambera


Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.

Bishop of Scranton

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