Disaster Relief 2023
Our Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando has asked that we come together as a faith family to assist our brothers and sisters in Hawaii who may be faced with the loss of their worldly possession or economic livelihood due to the devastating wildfires that have ravaged the island of Maui. While the peak of our storm season approaches, the impact of other disasters this year throughout the nation and the world, such as wildfires, flooding, tornadoes, and earthquakes, will be long-lasting. We offer our prayers to all the families affected by these disasters and pray for the repose of the souls whose lives were taken.
In solidarity with our brothers and sisters, we are called to participate in Disaster Relief 2023, a voluntary special collection for the humanitarian, long-term recovery, and Church needs arising from these calamities. The funds collected in this special appeal will be used to support the efforts of the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church, Catholic Charities USA and/or Catholic Relief Services, as they and their local agencies respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter, and medical care, and aid in long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts; and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church, including needs which may arise within the Diocese of Orlando. We are grateful for the collective charity of our diocesan family in service to those in need.