In a letter to pastors on September 16, 2017, Archbishop Cordileone advised that, being aware of the recent collection for those adversely impacted by Hurricane Harvey and other special collections, and not wishing to overly burden the pastors and the faithful, he made the decision that from its general revenues the Archdiocese will make a contribution to the collection for those impacted by Hurricane Irma.
Hurricanes Jose and Maria, as well as the massive earthquakes in Mexico, occurred shortly thereafter and present additional needs for donations to assist their victims in recovery. In response, Archbishop Cordileone again wrote to pastors informing them that he will not be asking for second collections for these causes; rather, once again there will be substantial contributions from the Archdiocese to the relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Jose and also a separate substantial contribution to help those suffering from the multiple earthquakes in Mexico.
Therefore, no parish in the Archdiocese need take up a collection for Hurricanes Irma, Jose or Maria, nor for earthquake relief to Mexico. However, if a pastor would like to take up a collection in his parish, he can do so. Those funds should be forwarded to the Chancery in the usual manner, to be combined with the Archdiocesan contribution and forwarded to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for distribution.
We continue to pray for all who have been affected by the hurricanes, earthquake, and other natural disasters.