Archbishop Carlson Makes Statement Following Irma U.S. Landfall

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson issued the following statement in response to the devastation in Florida and elsewhere due to Hurricane Irma:

It is upsetting to see images of destruction from yet another violent hurricane on our shores and beyond. As I said after Hurricane Harvey, I know I speak for every person in the Archdiocese of St. Louis when I say how deeply saddened I am by the death and massive devastation experienced by our brothers and sisters in the South and throughout the Caribbean. It is difficult to comprehend how something so terrible can happen on such a scale. Now, more than ever, we must look to our faith and ask the Lord to carry those who are suffering and who have lost so much.

The nearly 200 parishes in 11 counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis held a second collection for hurricane relief the first two weekends of September. I have again requested our parishes take up another collection for new relief efforts. One-hundred percent of the funds raised go directly to relief efforts via Catholic Charities of St. Louis.

After Hurricane Harvey, I celebrated Mass for those who have suffered due to the storm, and will do so again for the victims of Hurricane Irma. I ask you to please join your prayer to mine for our brothers and sisters who must now rebuild their lives. After your prayer, please consider how you might be able to provide assistance.

Donations can be made to Catholic Charities of St. Louis and mailed to:

P.O. Box 952393, St. Louis, MO 63195-2393 (be sure to note Hurricane Harvey 2017 or Hurricane Irma 2017).

Donations can also be made through the Catholic Charities website: (be sure to select either the Hurricane Harvey 2017 fund or Hurricane Irma 2017 fund).

From CNS: Catholic agency on front lines helping Flint residents with water crisis

FLINT, Mich. (CNS) — Following the discovery of lead in the city of Flint’s drinking water, relief organizations have been working day and night to provide safe water to those living and working in the community.

Standing at the front of the battle is Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties in the Lansing Diocese. The agency that provides assistance to people in need, including counseling, substance abuse treatment, foster care and adoption services.

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Archbishop Kurtz official statement on Syrian Refugee Crisis

The full text of Archbishop Kurtz’s statement follows:

Statement of Archbishop Joseph Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville, KY
President, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
On Syrian Refugee CrisisSeptember 10, 2015

In recent days, we have seen reports about and pictures of thousands of refugees from the Middle East, primarily Syrians fleeing the conflict in their nation, fleeing into Europe in search of protection. These images have captured the world’s attention and sympathy. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked Catholics in Europe to respond to the needs of the refugees streaming into Europe and, throughout his papacy, has consistently called upon the world to protect refugees and other persons on the move.

As president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I urge all Catholics in the United States and others of good will to express openness and welcome to these refugees, who are escaping desperate situations in order to survive. Regardless of their religious affiliation or national origin, these refugees are all human persons—made in the image of God, bearing inherent dignity, and deserving our respect and care and protection by law from persecution.

I express my solidarity with the Holy Father, the bishops of Syria, the Middle East, and Europe, and all people who have responded to this humanitarian crisis with charity and compassion. I also encourage the U.S. government to assist more robustly the nations of Europe and the Middle East in protecting and supporting these refugees and in helping to end this horrific conflict, so refugees may return home in safety. The Catholic Church in the United States—with nearly 100 Catholic Charities agencies and hundreds of parishes assisting refugees to this country each year, and with Catholic Relief Services providing humanitarian aid to refugees in the Middle East and Europe—stands ready to help in this effort.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph flee the terror of Herod. They are the archetype of every refugee family. Let us pray that the Holy Family watches over the thousands of refugee families in Europe and beyond at this time.


Helping Already Born: NY Catholic Charities and Soccer

There is a tired and untrue claim that the Catholic Church proclaims being pro-life, but that means we are only concerned with those before they are born, and not after. It is a lie that has been stated so often people believe it to be true. But is is wrong. Each week the DePorres Pages features a ministry to the “already born” consistent with the Church’s pro-life teaching.

This week we feature a report on National Public Radio, which describes a program co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York Catholic Charities. It is a soccer program for unaccompanied minors. You can hear the story and read it on the National Public Radio Website.