- Dec 14, 2019
Father Paul Felix is the pastor of the 147-year-old Mary Queen Catholic Church parish, which is across the street from Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros. The priest said the World Series was a prime time to evangelize the culture with the rosary, especially during the centennial of the Marian apparitions at Fatima.
Considering the “cosmic” damage caused by Hurricane Harvey so far, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said Monday, “The people of Houston, I have to say, are rather resilient, but this is really stretching them.” Calling for prayer on behalf of the affected region across the country and around the world, DiNardo said, “I think we have to wake up Jesus in the boat!”
As the extent of the damage being caused by Hurricane Harvey starts to become clear, Catholic organizations are preparing their plans of action to help those in need. The category 4 storm has caused severe damage in Texas and Louisiana. and at least 5 deaths have been attributed to the cyclone.
Father David Bergeron of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, was returning from watching the big Mayweather v. McGregor fight and ended up stuck in the storm and sleeping in his truck. He had to use his kayak to get home, and tried to buy supplies to say Mass for others stranded. However, the law against alcohol sales before noon on Sundays got in the way.
As Texas continues to reel from what the National Weather Service calls the “unprecedented” impact of Hurricane Harvey, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston instructed area Catholics today to stay home, stay safe, and not be concerned about missing Sunday Mass, saying, “your safety and the safety of your loved ones is paramount.”
As Hurricane Harvey bears down on parts of Texas, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and others in the area are hunkering down. Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville said his diocese’s biggest worry is populations in places called colonias, spontaneous subdivisions of makeshift homes on the outskirts of cities or towns, where the poor establish homes.