Dear friends in Christ,
I pray this message finds you safe. The hurricane and flooding has dramatically impacted all of our parish. We are struggling to get back on our feet. I ask that you please pray for all of our parishioners and neighbors who have lost so much – homes, cars, possessions. Thank the Lord, we have had no reported loss of life, but many are suffering greatly. As so many of our staff, parish leaders and volunteers are flood victims or had to evacuate, our efforts to mobilize our relief efforts have been hampered. Instead of giving assistance we have been receiving assistance.
While the parish buildings were spared major damage, the flood waters took over part of the property and we had no power for nearly a week. CenterPoint Energy, in an effort to restore electric power to thousands of homes in our area, has been building an emergency mobile substation on our property. This has necessitated the closing of our parish campus to all parishioners and visitors.
It is our hope to offer the weekend schedule of Masses and Confessions and, to open the campus and parish offices; resume the daily Mass schedule and other activities on Monday, September 11. This is dependent on the work of CenterPoint as all of us wish to put safety first.
We will continue to place updates for all of our activities, ministries and liturgies on our parish website and Facebook page. We will be posting our volunteer and recovery efforts as well. Please continue to pray for one another and to reach out in any way possible to assist your fellow parishioners and neighbors.
During these trying times know that the Lord who is our good and gentle shepherd is with us and is guiding us to safety under his loving care.