Special collection for Hurricane Irma relief to be taken up at local Catholic churches

For the second time in three weeks, a special collection will be taken up in the parishes of the Diocese of Allentown to benefit victims of a hurricane, this time those in Florida and the Caribbean impacted by Hurricane Irma.

While special diocesan-wide collections are rarely taken up this close together, Monsignor David James, Vicar General of the Diocese of Allentown noted, “The need is great because of the devastation and destruction of homes in the Caribbean islands and Florida.”

The collection will be taken up in the 84 parishes of the diocese the weekend of September 30-October 1. The funds donated will be used in the affected areas to support humanitarian aid, assistance with long-term efforts to restore communities after widespread destruction, and for the pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church in Florida and the Caribbean.

The Diocese is also suggesting that special prayers for the victims of Hurricane Irma be offered at Masses this weekend and next.