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Hurricane Katrina - How You Can Help - Update






CATHOLIC CENTER OF CONCERN:  If you are helping a family that has been evacuated due to the Hurricane please call the Catholic Center of Concern for help with that family. Sr. Adeleangela has stated that help is available to parishioners within the Diocese that are helping particular families who have lost everything. 

SHELTER NEEDS:  Evacuees from Hurricane Katrina have been moved from the BJCC Exhibition Hall to the Bessemer City Auditorium. They are in need of toiletries, clothes, washing powder, irons and ironing boards, toothpaste, brushes and combs, hair binders and headbands, towels and wash rags and cleaning rags and supplies. If you are able to help by donating any of these items, please either take them directly to the shelter located across the street from the Bessemer City Hall or bring them to the church and place them in the conference room and we will take them to the shelter for you.  

HELPING KIDS COPE WITH HURRICANE KATRINA:  Parents and teachers are looking for material that they can use to help children cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Choose from a variety of projects to respond gently to the differing needs of children as they process what the nation has been experiencing. The material can be used by families or schools and can be reproduced freely. Included are prayer services, answers to kids' BIG questions, activities, comfort prayers, Kids-to-Kids Project, and how to help children of different ages cope with national tragedy. For more information contact Pauline Online a @ http://www.Pauline.org

HURRICANE SURVIVORS ASK FOR BIBLES: As people were rescued from the Superdome in flooded New Orleans and transferred to Texas, the Daughters of St. Paul and Mrs. James Hunt heard a request over and over again: “Now that we have food and other essentials, the most important thing we need right now is a Bible.” “We have a storeroom full of books of comfort we could send to these people: Bibles, Surviving Depression, God is Here… When Bad Things Happen, small prayer books for courage and strength in times of anxiety and difficulty, coloring books for the kids,” Sr. Margaret Charles Kerry said, as she spoke with Mrs. James Hunt, initiator of the plan. And the project to send Books of Comfort to the Hurricane Survivors was born.“It’s important to rebuild homes,” said Sr. Anne Joan Flanagan, a Daughter of St. Paul stationed in Chicago who is herself from New Orleans. She has spent days following Hurricane Katrina trying to locate her family members. She knows now, first hand, that it’s also important “to rebuild lives.”Books of Comfort will bring Bibles and other books of spiritual comfort and healing to people throughout the Gulf Coast Region. The books of comfort will be distributed with the help of religious communities working in the areas affected by the hurricane. The Daughters of St. Paul had to leave their own convent and Pauline Books & Media Center in New Orleans and have a community near the shelters for the hurricane survivors in San Antonio, Texas. Donations to send Books of Comfort can be made online at www.pauline.org; by calling 1-800-876-4463; or by sending a check made payable to Daughters of St. Paul to Books of Comfort, Daughters of St. Paul, 50 St. Paul’s Ave., Boston, MA 02130.


All powerful Father, God of Mercy,

Look kindly on our brothers and sisters

Who suffer the ravages of the recent hurricane.

Ease their burdens and strengthen their faith and trust in you.

Bless and protect all who have come to their aid.

Welcome into your eternal kingdom all who have died

And grant them eternal rest.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit

One God, Forever and ever.


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