(Houma) – Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of the Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux invited citizens in the Tri-Parish area to respond to those affected by the historic floods of this past weekend.
Bishop Fabre said: “We are all affected by the devastation. Whether we were personally affected or not, we are all Louisianians. We have all been here. We all know what it is like to have to put our life back together. It is at times like this that people come together and support each other. In the past others have come to our assistance. We need to respond to our brothers and sisters in need.”
Robert Gorman, executive director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, said that our diocese has joined Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge, Catholic Social Services Diocese of Lafayette, Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana, and Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans in assisting in their disaster operations.
Bishop Fabre said: “Many people have asked me, ‘How can I help?’ One of the most important things you can do is to be hospitable to evacuees who have moved into your community to escape their flooded homes. Some of these families were flooded in March. They may be staying with friends or relatives. Reach out to them. Just letting people know that you care can be a huge blessing for them. Work with families one-on-one. Ask them what they need. This is a good place to start.”
Donations to Flood Victims can be made in two forms in the following manners:
1) The Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux has the following locations accepting donations of household paper products, cleaning supplies, toiletries, disposable diapers, sheets, pillowcases and blankets (no clothes or other items, please). Please place all donations in small boxes that can be lifted by volunteers of all ages.
Individual Catholic Churches are also collecting relief supplies.
For a complete updated listing of Churches and other drop off locations, including the latest ways you can help, please visit our Catholic Charities page at: www.htdiocese.org/catholic-charities
2) Financial donations are being accepted. The weekend of August 20th and 21st or the weekend of August 27th and 28th all church parishes in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux will have a special second collection to assist flood victims in Louisiana. All donations will go directly to Catholic relief efforts directly serving flood victims. You may also donate online at www.htdiocese.org.
Click here for official press release (PDF).
The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy.
We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.
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