Special Haiti Collection - Oct. 29 and 30
Oct 14, 2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As you know, the devastation that has been caused in Haiti and other areas of the Caribbean by Hurricane Matthew is catastrophic. With as many as 900 killed and tens of thousands left homeless, we must react quickly to provide what help we can. We have a special responsibility to help our suffering brothers and sisters who live on these islands so close to our own country.
Our first and most important response is to pray. Even as these families are mourning the tragic loss of life and of their homes, they are also struggling to find ways to survive. The most basic human needs, food, water, and shelter, are hard to find. We must pray that our Lord protect them and provide them with comfort and assistance.
In addition to prayer, we also have to provide material help. I have asked your pastor to conduct a collection at your parish for this purpose. All money raised through this collection will be sent through Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to help the people suffering because of this storm. Through CRS, the international humanitarian agency representing the U.S. Catholic Church, we are responding even now to the needs of our brothers and sisters. More help is urgently needed.
Thank you for your generous response to this urgent request. I am proud of the culture of stewardship that we have in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, as we always respond generously to those in need. As always, I will keep you and your intentions in my prayers.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis