Urgent Hurricane Michael Relief Needs

Dear Friends,

Update: October 17th
The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in collaboration with Catholic Charities of NW Florida are seeking volunteers. As you may know, two-thirds of the diocese was majorly impacted by Hurricane Michael. We are in need of 50 volunteers, seven days a week, for several months to help with distribution at St. Dominic Catholic Church to assist in distributing water, basic supplies and unloading trucks. The water and supplies mentioned are going directly to the Panama City Community and our other churches in the area.
Please visit the following page to view the available days for volunteering.

 

 

October 12th
As you know the eastern end of our diocese was recently devastated by Hurricane Michael. Many of our churches and schools in the area were severely damaged or completely destroyed. Unfortunately, the same reality is true of most of the families of those parishes. In an effort to provide immediate assistance, the Diocese (in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus and Convoy of Hope) is collecting the following items to transport to disaster parishes immediately:
  • Water
  • Tarps
  • Non-perishable Food Items
  • Cleaning Supplies and Gloves
  • Pet Supplies
  • Baby Food and Diapers
These are items that are immediately needed. In the coming weeks and months, other items will be needed. So at this time, we request NO CLOTHING OR HOUSEHOLD ITEMS. Items such as these will not be needed until the rebuilding process begins.
Donations may be dropped off at the Pastoral Center in downtown Pensacola (11 North B Street, Pensacola, FL 32502) at the following times:
Friday, October 12 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Saturday, October 13 from 8 am to 1 pm
Sunday, October 14 1 pm to 4 pm
Monday, October 15 – Friday, October 19 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
This article from CNN has an on-air interview with my brother priest Fr. Luke Farabaugh who is currently assigned to what was St. Dominic’s in Panama City. Fr. Luke is a graduate of St. Paul Catholic School and Pensacola Catholic High School.

 

 

Images from brother priests of their parishes in the impacted area:

Thank you for your continued assistance and prayer.
In Christ,
Fr. Matt

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