hurricane harvey

Parish hit by Hurricane Sandy conducts Harvey relief to ‘pay back’

Volunteers at St. Mary of the Isle Church in Long Beach, N.Y. prepared relief supplies bound for Hurricane Harvey relief in Texas. More than $1 million in relief supplies and gift cards have been collected by the parish, which was heavily impacted by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

LONG BEACH, N.Y.

The parish hall at St. Mary of the Isle Church on the South Shore of Long Island was bustling Sept. 2 as volunteers packed canned food, baby formula, flashlights, cleaning products and an assortment of other relief supplies into corrugated boxes for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Pope offers prayers for flood victims in U.S., southern Asia

Chris Donatto, a missionary with Adore Ministries, looks on as he and other Catholic volunteers work on the severely damaged home of Bill and Dodie Townsend Sept. 5 in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey in Dickinson, Texas.

VATICAN CITY

After leading thousands of pilgrims in praying the Angelus, Pope Francis offered prayers for flood victims in Texas and Louisiana following a devastating hurricane that caused massive flooding.

He also prayed for flood victims in Asia where monsoon rains have killed thousands in Bangladesh, India and Nepal and displaced millions of people.

Catholic Charities USA gives $2 million for hurricane relief

Workers take a break after clearing debris from a flooded home in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey Sept. 5 in Dickinson, Texas.

SAN ANTONIO — Catholic Charities USA presented a $2 million check Sept. 4 representing donations received to date for immediate emergency assistance for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and its catastrophic flooding.

One hundred percent of the funds raised will go directly to immediate and long-term recovery efforts.

Catholic Charities USA's Mobile Response Center vehicle, filled with emergency supplies, left Catholic Charities headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, for Texas and will remain there to assist Catholic Charities agencies with response efforts.

St. Louis Catholic schools respond to hurricane relief efforts

Students at St. Norbert School in Florissant offered a friendly challenge via a Facebook video to neighboring students at St. Ferdinand and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne to collect change for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

It began with a video on Facebook — students at St. Norbert School in Florissant offered a friendly challenge to neighboring students at St. Ferdinand and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne to collect change for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

St. Norbert students got a head start. From an out-of-uniform day held Aug. 29, students collected $910.85.

Catholic Charities continues immediate, long-term recovery efforts after Harvey

A worker cleared water from the floor inside the Shrine of the True Cross in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Sept. 5 in Dickinson, Texas. The shrine, located near the coast, suffered damage to the church and school buildings.

As Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts continue in Texas, and Florida braces for Hurricane Irma, Catholic Charities of St. Louis and Catholic Charities USA continue the work of providing immediate and long-term recovery efforts.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has asked parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to hold a special collection for recovery efforts in Texas. The collections were held Sept. 2-3 and 9-10.

Editorial | Be a hero

Jim McIngvale, known as "Mattress Mack," opened up his two Gallery Furniture stores in Houston for people displaced by the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

He was housing 400 people by Aug. 28, according to media reports, providing breakfast, lunch and dinner for them.

Why? "I was raised as a Catholic. I continued my Catholic faith throughout my life, trying to do the right thing and hopefully, you do the right thing and help people along the way," he told San Antonio TV station KENS.

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