Dear Annunciation Parish,
I, like you, am deeply saddened by the death and devastation that individuals in Louisiana and surrounding states are experiencing in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and the wildfires in California. Besides the loss of life, we have seen thousands of homes, businesses and churches severely damaged or destroyed. The impacts will be long lasting. I ask the Lord to carry those who have lost loved ones and those suffering in the aftermath.
To help provide immediate and long-term aid to those recovering from these disasters, I am asking our Archdiocese to participate in a special collection this month. Please mark your check and envelope “FOR DISASTER RELIEF”. The funds collected in this special appeal will become part of the Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund and will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA and/or Catholic Relief Services, the office relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church. We join other dioceses across the country in this response for support to help with water, food, shelter, and medical care, along with long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts. The funds will be distributed where they are most needed. I will be offering a Mass for those who died in these tragedies, as well as their loved ones who are mourning and recovering. Please pray for our neighbors who must now rebuild their lives.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski, Archbishop of St. Louis