The weekend of Oct. 2 and 3, the Diocese of Lake Charles will be taking up a special collection for Hurricane Ida Relief during all Masses. The funds collected will benefit relief efforts in the Dioceses of Houma-Thibodaux and Baton Rouge, and the Archdiocese of New Orleans, parts of which were ravaged by the Category 4 storm on August 29.
The money will be distributed proportionately according to the needs of each diocese. All three contributed generously to the Diocese of Lake Charles following Hurricanes Laura and Delta.
“Of course, we are all, beginning with me, acutely aware that the faithful of the Diocese of Lake Charles are involved in their own recovery, which has been slow,” said Bishop Glen John Provost. “Nonetheless, there is a real desire on the part of many to assist our brothers and sisters devastated by these dreadful natural disasters, especially since we ourselves were assisted by many generous people, locally, nationally and internationally.”
Hurricane Ida’s fierce winds and torrential rain left the Louisiana coastline badly beaten causing significant damage to homes, businesses, and critical infrastructure in the southeast region of the state. Hundreds of thousands are still with no electricity in the sweltering heat, no tap water, very little fuel, and no certain timeframe of when things will improve.
Please give as generously as you are able in your parish the weekend of Oct. 2 and 3 and pray for the victims and those engaged in disaster relief.