A scene of devastation in Tortola

Bishop of the Diocese of Roseau, His Lordship, Gabriel Malzaire, has called on all Catholic churches in Dominica to take up a second collection next week to assist victims of Hurricane Irma.

He also said donations of dry goods are accepted to be sent to affected islands.

“We are all too familiar with the devastating effects of hurricanes and storms in our region – the damage they cause to property and the loss of lives,” he stated. “In the last few days our sister islands of Antigua and Barbuda, the British & U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Dutch & French Island of St. Maarten have been severely hit by Hurricane Irma. In solidarity with our brothers and sisters in these islands, I request that a special collection be taken in all Churches and Chapels and at all Masses and Services during the weekend of Sunday, September 17, 2017.”

He noted that the Church will also accept donations from groups and individuals in cash or kind.

“In addition to the Church collection, we will receive donation from any individual or groups that are willing to contribute in cash or in kind. These can be taken to the nearest Presbytery or the Bishop’s Office,” the Bishop said. “We accept all relief items such as water, dry goods, lamps, bedding, adult and baby diapers and toiletries, but no clothing. Please avoid bringing things that you do not want.”

He added, “Let us join our efforts in helping to alleviate the plight of our brothers and sisters in need.”