After the Thanksgiving day storm
Repairs had been ongoing at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church in Sydney since being damaged by the remnants of Hurricane Matthew this past October. The church reopened on Easter Sunday. See the CTV News story here:
Our posting in October 2016:
On Thanksgiving Monday our region was struck by the remnants of Hurricane Matthew.
We were spared the full strength of this massive storm, which struck Cuba, the Caribbean and the southern United States with deadly force, but parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland still received damaging rainfall and winds throughout the day. Among the hardest hit areas of our diocese were Eskasoni and Membertou First Nations, Larry's River and Charlos Cove as well as parts of Sydney and Glace Bay, which received more than 200 mm of rain in some areas and winds of up to 110 km/hour. Communities throughout our diocese experienced power outages, flooding, and wind damage to homes and property. By overnight Monday the storm had moved on, but the cleanup and recovery continues. In addition to the time and cost of repairs to property and the loss of personal effects is the sense of grief and vulnerability that comes from being in the grip of such a damaging storm.
"I want to assure all those affected by the storm of the prayers and solidarity of the whole diocese, praying that the Lkord Jesus, who is always moved by human suffering, will console the brokenhearted and give them peace," said Bishop Brian Dunn."It is at this time that as Christians we are called to live out our faith through prayer and support of our neighbours."
In our diocese, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys church in Sydney was heavily flooded, and will require extensive repairs to the interior as well as some work to the outside of the building. In the meantime, Sunday liturgy will be held at St. Theresa parish and funerals will be held at Our Lady of Fatima parish.
Stella Maris church in Louisbourg lost its steeple in high winds, which broke a window in the sanctuary on its way down, and had flooding in its basement.
Mass continues to be held in the church while it awaits repair. St. Rose of Lima church in Northside East Bay received extensive damage to its parking lot due to flooding, but the church was spared.
"May all of our parish communities be united in prayer and action for all affected by this storm," Bishop Dunn said.
In Cape Breton, the Red Cross and United Way are coordinating assistance funds for distribution to individuals impacted by the storm. Parishes and individuals are encouraged to donate directly to these organizations, or send donations to the diocese which will forward the money to the coordinated assistance fund.
"May we experience the Lord's presence and care in these trying times and may ther Lord's Spirit guide all who are making decisions for relief efforts," Bishop Dunn said.
Download Bishop Dunn's letter of support here.