Our Bishop has asked that we take up a second collection this week-end to raise some money to be sent to the Archbishop of Houston, Bishop DiNardo, who is faced with assisting thousands of needy Catholics in his diocese. My hope is that each of us will make some contribution in check or in cash. We will bundle the offerings and send them to the chancery next week. Please be generous.
Several of you have voiced your concern that we raise money to assist those whose lives, homes, farms, ranches, livestock have suffered from fires in Montana. I fully understand your concern, and encourage us to respond. If any of you wants to assist me with that collection, and advise me on to whom to send it, we will gladly take up this collection in coming weeks. I will email our Pastoral Center (chancery) in Great Falls, as they may well know how to use such funds to assist the needy right here in fire-and-drought-ravaged Montana.
Furthermore, as of last evening, there was a devastating earthquake in Mexico, and some of you may be inclined to assist in some way. And now, very pressing indeed, will be the devastation about to overtake much of the state of Florida, and perhaps Georgia and the Carolinas. We may be asked to give an offering to assist in these states as well. Our finance council will discuss ways to help.
We also offer our prayers, asking that lives be spared, and that all the people involved heed the requests or demands of state and local authorities to evacuate threatened areas. As we pray, we must act to the best of our ability. So if possible, we will be ready to assist in some practical / financial ways.
God bless and keep us all safe and in His peace.