Diocese to hold special collection for victims of Hurricane Florence

CHARLESTON—The Diocese of Charleston will make it easy for people to help the victims of Hurricane Florence by taking up special collections during upcoming Masses.

In a recent memo to pastors, Msgr. Richard D. Harris, vicar general, announced the special collection authorized by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and encouraged them to be held as soon as possible.

“While we mourn those who have lost their lives in this natural disaster, we must also join in prayer and action as a Catholic community,” Msgr. Harris wrote. “As we saw in Sunday’s reading from St. James, “If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,’ but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also, faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” Let us show our faith by sharing what we can.”

Hurricane Florence came ashore last week and has spread misery across the Carolinas and Virginia. It is linked to at least 32 deaths and has left more than 1.1 million homes and businesses without power.

Funds designated for Catholic Charities aid to Hurricane Florence victims may be sent to: Diocese of Charleston, Office of Finance, 901 Orange Grove Road, Charleston, SC 29407.

For more information about Catholic Charities of South Carolina’s efforts to assist victims of Hurricane Florence, click the following links:

Hurricane Florence donations

Hurricane Florence donations (Spanish)

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CNS photo/Jason Miczek, Reuters: The Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church is seen in floodwater Sept. 17 in Lumberton, N.C., after Hurricane Florence hit.