Bishop Robert W. Muench has announced that a special monetary collection will be taken Sept. 9-10 for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Catholic churches in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

"We, the church in and of Baton Rouge, extend our hearts and prayers to all devastated by Hurricane Harvey," Muench said in a statement. "Having had our own experiences of the devastation that natural disasters can bring to life, property, livelihood and security, we identify and empathize with others so affected."

To mail a donation, make it out to the “Diocese of Baton Rouge, Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund” and send it to P.O. Box 2028, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2028.

Catholic Charities in Baton Rouge also will be working with the network of Catholic relief agencies in the entire region offering physical support and help, according to the news release.