Sending Out a Lifeline to Flood Victims

Dear friends,

Like so many of you, I’ve been following the events of Hurricane Florence. First, its buildup of fearful and almost biblical proportions.

Next, the rush to communicate and prepare for its landfall. Finally, the estimation of damage done and the start to clean up. What many of us have missed in the 24/7 coverage of Florence is the devastation that touched the state of Kerala, India, in early August. In the worst monsoon season since 1924, this southwestern state of India has lost 350 lives and nearly 800,000 homes.

This region also happens to be the home state of Fr. Jose and the other Vincentian priests who so graciously serve our Diocese. Thankfully, their families are safe, but so many others have returned to find their belongings, their homes, even their loved ones washed away in the flood waters.

Thus, Bishop Kettler has asked that we take up a second collection to support them in this time of need. I hope you’re able to join in sending this long distance lifeline to our brothers and sisters in Kerala. I also hope you can join us as the relics of St. Padre Pio visit St. Mary’s Cathedral. This Sunday (September 23rd) marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the great Capuchin Friar of Italy.

His gifts of spiritual and physical healing are known throughout the world. It’s this same kind of healing that the Church and the world so desperately need in these days. Please stop through any time from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm. Masses will be offered at 12:05 and 7:00 pm.

As Padre Pio would say, when we’re holding tightly to Christ, we hope, pray, and don’t worry!

God’s grace and peace,

Fr. Scott

Joe Ackerman