Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

Over the past few days, we have heard and witnessed many heartbreaking stories and images from areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The damage caused by the storm and flooding has been catastrophic, resulting in multiple deaths and injuries, destroyed homes and businesses, and thousands of displaced people seeking shelter. Intense rainfall will continue in Texas and Louisiana throughout the next few days, causing further harm.

During this time of great need, I invite you to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Gulf Coast region. All parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago are strongly encouraged to take up a second collection at all Masses on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10. Proceeds from this special collection will support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and provide support to affected dioceses through the USCCB. To donate, please visit http://pvm.archchicago.org/harvey or mail contributions to the following address:

ATTN: Hurricane Harvey Emergency Appeal Catholic Charities USA
3525 South Lake Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653

Your generous support of this collection will make a difference to our brothers and sisters suffering in the wake of this natural disaster. It is my prayer that as we renew our own archdiocese, we support the renewal of Gulf Coast Catholic communities that will grapple with its effects for many months to come.

With every good wish, I remain, sincerely yours in Christ,

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
Archbishop of Chicago