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Special Collection for Hurricane Relief

Archbishop Coakley has requested that parishes of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City take up a special collection for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

This weekend, at all the masses at Holy Spirit Church, in lieu of the children’s collection, we will take up that special collection. If you would like to give online, please visit www.archokc.org/harvey . And let us all remember to pray for those whose lives have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The full text of Archbishop Coakley’s letter is below.

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Over the past several days, many of you have been following the historic flooding in southeast Texas. Hurricane Harvey has created an unprecedented catastrophic weather event for Texas, and the storm is now poised to strike Louisiana.

While our prayerful support for those affected is certainly appropriate and necessary, our urgent financial support also is needed. In response to this great need, the bishops of the United States have called for a special emergency collection to take place in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City over the next two weekends. I have authorized this special emergency collection to take place in parishes around the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City on either or both of the next two weekends, September 2-3 and/or September 9-10.

The emergency collection will be used both to support the humanitarian and recovery efforts through Catholic Charities USA and to provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the bishops’ conference.

Please go online to www.archokc.org/harvey and make your gift to help those in need. Also, I ask you to please share this information with your friends and family, so that together we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of families and parishioners.

Join me in praying for those impacted that they experience Christ’s healing touch.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley

Archbishop of Oklahoma City