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World Mission Sunday, Pope Francis

Office of the Archbishop

835 North Rush Street

Chicago, IL 60611-2030



October 9, 2017 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

On behalf of our brothers and sisters who have been severely affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, it is my wish to sincerely thank you for the tremendous outpouring of support you have shown them during this challenging time. Banding together to answer the cry of those in need, the Archdiocese of Chicago community has seamlessly partnered with Catholic Charities USA, local parishes, and schools to bring financial, physical, and spiritual aid to those who have lost so much in the Gulf Coast. The September 9-10 collection raised more than $600,000 for these efforts, a true testament to the compassion of the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

Now it is time once again to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters affected by natural disasters that have occurred over the last few weeks, including Hurricane Maria and the earthquakes in Mexico. As requested by the USCCB, all parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago are invited to take up a second collection at all Masses on the weekend October 28-29. Proceeds from this special collection will support humanitarian and recovery efforts in Mexico and Puerto Rico. There is also an option for your parish to donate directly to these efforts. To donate, please visit or mail contributions to the following address. Please make all checks payable to the Natural Disaster Emergency Appeal. 


ATTN: Natural Disaster Emergency Appeal 

3525 South Lake Park Avenue 

Chicago, IL 60653 


It is my prayer that we continue to support those affected by these natural disasters through both prayer and action. With every good wish, I remain, 


Sincerely yours in Christ, 


Cardinal Blase J. Cupich 

Archbishop of Chicago 

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