To the Faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis,
I know I speak for many when I say how deeply saddened I am by the deaths and the devastation that our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas are experiencing in the after-math of Hurricane Dorian. I ask the Lord to carry those who have lost so much.

To help provide both immediate and long-term aid to those recovering from this nat-ural disaster, I am asking our nearly 180 parishes to participate in a second collection at all Masses this coming weekend or the weekend after (September 14 and 15 or September 21 and 22). Catholic Charites of St. Louis will forward 100% of funds raised to Catholic Relief Services which is providing relief in hurricane-impacted communities.

I will be offering a Mass for those who lost their lives and the loved ones who are grieving. I ask you to please join your prayers with mine for those that must rebuild their lives after this tragedy.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson

Archbishop of St. Louis