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All Catholic Churches in Maine to Hold Special Collection for Victims of Hurricane Harvey on Weekend of September 2-3

PORTLAND---Bishop Robert P. Deeley has authorized a special collection at all of Maine’s Catholic churches on the weekend of September 2-3 to provide aid and recovery support to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

"The devastation and loss is monumental and heartbreaking,” said Bishop Deeley. “The prayers of the faithful in the Diocese of Portland are with the victims of this catastrophic storm and the first responders who continue to bravely navigate danger to save the lives of countless individuals and families. As these American heroes have reminded us, our capacity to meet a challenge is unbounded. The true measure of a people’s character is how they respond in another’s moment of need. Such aid is at the very heart of our Christian faith.”

The money collected on September 2-3 will be donated to Catholic Charities USA which is already providing immediate relief to those in need, regardless of faith affiliation, and will offer long-term recovery assistance in the months and years ahead.

In advance of the special collection, those looking to donate to Catholic Charities USA’s efforts in Texas can visit www.catholiccharitiesusa.org or call (703) 549-1390.