Bishop Requests Special Collection to Help Hurricane Dorian Victims

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A man walks amid the rubble of destroyed homes Sept. 6, 2019, after Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. In the wake of Hurricane Dorian's brutal blasting of the Bahamas, Catholic organizations in Florida continued to raise funds to aid victims there. (CNS photo/Marco Bello, Reuters) See DORIAN-FLORIDA-AID Sept. 6, 2019.

Bishop Mark has requested that a special collection be taken at all Masses in parishes throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on the weekend of September 21-22 to benefit Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.

All contributions will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA, which will see to it that financial assistance will go to those in need following the deadly storm.

“In the past, the people of our diocese have been generous in response to those who have suffered from these natural disasters,” said Bishop Mark. “Thank you for being people of mercy. Pray for the hurricane victims and their families and those who are working hard to relieve their distress.”