Follow usTwitterFacebook

Latest

05 Dec 2015 Africa News No comments

Cameroonian military rescues 900 hostages from Boko Haram

Joseph Beti Assomo, Cameroon’s Minister Defense says Cameroon’s army, backed by a regional task-force, has freed about 900 Boko Haram hostages, killed at least …

Read more

01 Sep 2015 Africa News No comments

Nigerian prelate decries same-sex marriage

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has given pride of place on its website to a recent homily by Bishop Camillus Etokud…

Read more

21 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (6)

Does my husband have the power to take my children to his Church even though i forbid it?

Question from anonymous on 6/16/2011: My husband has been attending a local SSPX chapel exclusively for over 2 years. I and our 7 children (ages 3-19) attend…

Read more

11 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

Papal parade to take place during Pope’s visit to Washington

The Archdiocese of Washington has announced that a papal parade will take place on September 23 following Pope Francis’s visit to the White House. “Participa…

Read more

12 Oct 2015 News Vatican No comments

Pope prays for victims of weekend blasts in Turkey

Pope Francis expressed his condolences Sunday for those affected by attacks in Ankara during a protest over the weekend which has left at least 95 people dead. …

Read more

24 Mar 2015 Q&A No comments

A Protestant friend said that Augustine did not believe in transubstantiation. Is this true?

Full Question A Protestant friend said that Augustine did not believe in transubstantiation. Is this true? Answer Augustine wrote abo…

Read more

06 Oct 2014 USA No comments

'Decisive' role of marriage in focus as Court declines cases

Washington D.C., Oct 6, 2014 / 03:39 pm .- The Supreme Court’s decision not to review defense of marriage appeals by five states has been met with disappointmen…

Read more

21 Sep 2015 Americas News No comments

Pope Francis gifts Fidel Castro with copy of 'Laudato Si'

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis and former Cuban president Fidel Castro held a brief meeting after Sunday Mass and the Angelus today. Pope Franci…

Read more

14 Oct 2015 Articles Comments (6)

5 lies from the devil -and what God has to say about them

In life we set goals. Sometimes we're heading straight toward them and sometimes we fall prey to negative thoughts that can cause us to give up. Discouraging th…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

South Carolina bishop asks for prayers and support for families affected by floods

Authorities said at least 14 people died after flooding in the US state earlier this month

Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston asked for prayers for the families of those killed as well as for those whose homes were destroyed in what officials called a 1,000-year storm that brought extreme rains that deluged South Carolina.

Authorities said at least 14 people died and media reported that rescuers have had to pluck hundreds from swamped cars and flooded houses. Some residents remained in danger on Tuesday from residual effects of saturated grounds that can unearth weakened trees and collapse roads.

“We simply ask for prayers, especially for the families of those who lost their lives in this horrific ‎storm,” Bishop Guglielmone told The Catholic Miscellany, newspaper of the Charleston Diocese. “Many people lost homes, cars and other possessions, but in time and with assistance these can be replaced. The strong spirit of our people in South Carolina and their lively faith will get us through this difficult time and will sustain us.”

State officials declared a state of emergency on October 1 as unprecedented rains and flash flood conditions raged throughout the state.

Bishop Guglielmone cancelled the On Fire With Faith conference set for October 2-3 in Simpsonville, 200 miles northwest of Charleston. Other diocesan events were postponed and rescheduled.

The National Weather Service reported that from October 1 – 5, Charleston saw 23.61 inches of rain, while nearby Summerville, which also had significant flooding and evacuations, was inundated by 19.47 inches. Columbia Airport had 10.77 inches.

It was the dams in Columbia, however, that wrought more damage. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division reported that of 18 dams officials are closely monitoring, nine have breached or failed completely and one was intentionally breached to relieve pressure on it. The dams are part of the 70-mile network of lakes and streams that make up the Gills Creek Watershed.

The emergency management division also reported that several rivers remained above flood stage on October 6. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for some areas and a curfew was mandated by Charleston officials.

Mgr Richard Harris, diocesan vicar general, is pastor of St Joseph Church located near one of the flooded areas along Lake Katherine in Columbia. The Church was without power and closed on October 4, so Masses were cancelled.

He said he knew of 10 parishioners who had to be rescued by boat. “They have lost everything,” Mgr Harris said.

One family had to put their children on their shoulders and carry them through chin-deep water, he added.

Tracy Bates, Catholic Mutual’s claims risk manager for the Diocese of Charleston, had nine reports of damage from parishes as of the morning of October 6 and that calls continued to come in. St Mary Our Lady of Hope in Summerton southeast of Charleston was flooded with about eight inches of water and remained submerged on October 6.

Bates said water seeped into Blessed Sacrament School’s ground floor and the Carter-May Residence for assisted living also had water creep into its hallways. On the coastal peninsula, she received reports that Sacred Heart Church suffered flooding that submerged its basement boiler room, which houses the electrical system.

Other parishes that have reported flooding and water damage include the lower chapel at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Charleston Catholic School, Neighborhood House outreach center, St Jude Church in Sumter’s youth center building, the library at St. Andrew Church in Myrtle Beach, St John the Beloved in Summerville, and the rectory at St Mary Our Lady of Ransom in Georgetown.

Bates said crews have been in to dry out some of the structures as a first step.

“The longer the water sits, the worse the damage gets,” she said. “We also have to worry about mould.”

In addition to the bricks and mortar damage, the diocesan Office of Archives and Records Management was concerned about historically important items and put out a call to parishes to offer assistance with documents.

“We’re happy to consult with vendors, help develop records recovery plans, find temporary housing for records, or make on-site visits,” said Brian Fahey, archivist.

Bishop Guglielmone has sent a request to pastors asking them to take up a special collection within the next several weeks to help parishioners who lost their homes and churches that sustained damage.

by Catholic News Service

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/10/07/south-carolina-bishop-asks-for-prayers-and-support-for-families-affected-by-floods/









wpsd_autopost:
1

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories