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Emergency Disaster Special Collection
Emergency Disaster Special Collection: September 26/27, 2020
In the face of the hurricanes that have devastated the South and the fires that have destroyed much in Oregon, Washington and California, the leadership of the USCCB has asked that dioceses consider a special collection for the Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund to assist the dioceses in these areas that have experienced such loss and suffering. Funds collected in this special appeal will help those affected by providing much-needed emergency resources such as water, food, shelter, and medical care and aid. Funds will also assist with long-term recovery in the pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church.
Bishop Hurley has asked each parish in the Diocese of Gaylord to consider a special collection on the weekend of September 26/27 to benefit our brothers and sisters in need as a result of the natural disasters that are affecting their lives and the life of the Church. On behalf of the Diocese of Gaylord, a contribution of $10,000 will be made to support our brothers and sisters in this tragedy.
Along with instructions for the special collection, Bishop Hurley shared the following with priests of the diocese: "I reaffirm Archbishop Gomez’s recognition that this is a challenging time for a special collection, in light of the economic impact that COVID-19 has had on our parishes. Yet, it is because of these very challenges that it is all the more critical we do what we can to help those in need who have been affected by both pandemic and natural catastrophe. Thank you for your prayers for those impacted by this situation, and for your efforts with this special collection."
For more information on special collections and disaster relief, visit the USCCB’s Office of National Collections webpage.