Natural disasters kill around 90,000 people and affect close to 160 million people worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organization. Help those affected by earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, wildfires and other natural disasters at home and abroad by supporting one or both of the organizations below.
International Disaster Relief
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Please consider discerning whether God is inviting you to financially assist our sisters and brothers whose lives are being affected by natural disaster.
Domestic Disaster Relief
Catholic Charities USA is the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church. CCUSA deploys disaster response experts to support local Catholic Charities agencies in their work providing direct assistance to affected communities and identifying long-term recovery needs.
Click here to support flood relief efforts.
Click here to support hurricane relief efforts in the United States.
Click here to support victims of wildfires in California.
Please support those affected by natural disasters in prayer, regardless if you are able to assist financially.
God of hope and mercy, we lift up to you all victims of natural disasters and those responding with assistance and aid. Protect all who are in any form of danger; provide practical help to those in need; strengthen the weary, console the grieving, heal the suffering; and bless those engaged in disaster relief efforts with safety and courage. Help all people of good will respond with compassion and generous hearts. Amen.
(Courtesy of Catholic Charities USA. Opening prayer excerpted from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition, copyright 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Inc., Washington D.C.)
Patrice Swick, Director
Social Justice and Life
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