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Welcome to CUA Cares

Dear Members of the Catholic University Community,
 
President GarveyWe extend our prayers and concern to all the people affected by the hurricane that hit Houston and New Orleans this week. It is an especially difficult time for students at our University who are from the affected areas. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and a member of our Board of Trustees, said it reminded him of the story in Mark’s gospel about the storm that came up suddenly and threatened to sink the apostles’ boat. The first thing we need to do is to ask for God’s help.
 
Over the coming weeks the University will be hosting several masses in solidarity with those affected by the hurricane. Student Ministers are coordinating rosary-making in the residence halls for the 10,000 people displaced and currently living at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Campus ministry is collecting letters of encouragement to those in the Catholic University community who have been affected by the hurricane and letters of thanks to responders who are assisting them. And all are welcome to donate gift cards to Catholic Charities Galveston-Houston, which can be dropped off at the Campus Ministry Office.
 
For more information about these events and ideas for how to support affected families, please visit the CUA Cares website.

— John Garvey

What Can You Do?                         

Pray

  • Sunday, Sept. 3, 11 a.m. St., Vincent’s Chapel
    Mass in solidarity with those affected by Hurricane Harvey
     
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6, 5:10 p.m., Caldwell Chapel
    Mass in solidarity with those affected by Hurricane Harvey
     
  • Sunday, Sept. 17, 9 p.m. St. Vincent’s Chapel
    Mass in solidarity with those Affected by Hurricane Harvey
    Speaker from student/staff from affected area
    Mass collection will be donated to Catholic Charities Galveston-Houston


  • Sunday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m., St. Vincent’s Chapel
    Spanish-Bilingual Mass in solidarity with those affected by Hurricane Irma
    Speaker from Student/Staff from affected area
    Mass collection will be donated to those affected by Hurricane Irma

     

Give

Why Financial Donations Now?
Families are going to need food, clothing and shelter. The most effective way we can help families is raise funds and then empower families to regain some sort of normalcy by being able to purchase their own food items, clothes, etc. In short, financial donations cut down on hidden cost and prevent delays in getting families exactly what they need to begin the recovery processes.  –Texas Catholic Conference

Act

  • Making Rosaries: Make a rosary to be given to the 10,000 people temporarily living at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Priests who have been ministering and consoling those living at the convention center will distribute the rosaries. This ministry is in collaboration with Rice Catholic Student Center.
    Rosary making will be organized through the student ministers in the residence halls.
    Donations of rosaries will also be accepted at the Campus Ministry Office.
     
  • Letter of Thanks to Responders: Write a note of thanks for hospital staff and emergency responders who have worked tirelessly and heroically during this time.
    Letter writing will be available in the Pryzbyla Center and in the Residence Halls.
    Letters can also be dropped off at the Campus Ministry Office.
     
  • Letters of Encouragement: Write a notes and prayers to the hundreds of CUA students, families and alumni who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma.
    Letter writing will be available in the Pryzbyla Center and in the Residence Halls.
    Letters can also be dropped off at the Campus Ministry Office. 

Learn

CUA Cares

CUA Cares is an initiative of the Office of Campus Ministry that has mobilized in the past after tragedies in the U.S., Japan, Philippines, Haiti, Hurricane Katrina, the South Pacific, and Nepal, and after the shooting at Virginia Tech. 

Archive:
University Responds to Typhoon with Prayer
Concert to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims
CUA Helps Hurricane Sandy Victims
CUACares Helps Japanese Earthquake Victims in 2011  
Catholic University Donates $60,000 for Haiti Earthquake Victims in 2010
Students Mobilize to Help Efforts in Nepal


 

Prayer in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

“May God, the Lord of mercy and compassion, protect all who are still in danger, and bring to safety those who are missing. May He care in a special way for those who were already homeless, or without support and resources, before this disaster. We pray in thanksgiving for the first responders who are risking their lives to save others at this very moment. We include in our intentions the everyday heroes reaching out to help their neighbors in need, those who, like the Good Samaritan, cannot walk by a person in need without offering their hand in aid.”

– Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
Trustee of The Catholic University of America