In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the southern coast of the United States Katrina was one of the five deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history. It was reported that more then 1,800 people lost their lives, and more then $81 billion dollars in damages occurred. Episcopalians across the country have united in mission and responded generously with their time and their money to pitch in and help. While much has been accomplished in the recovery and rebuilding of these areas â there is still much left to be done.
It is time to remember and to reenergize our efforts. The Presiding Bishop designated Sunday, August 31 as Katrina Remembrance Sunday. Parishes across the country are asked to lift up Gulf Coast recovery in their preaching and prayers.
Let us also remember our sisters and brothers in the Diocese of Iowa where clean up and recovery continue after the June floods this year.
These are resources for use in your parish on the 31st or in the coming weeks:
- Bulletin Insert
- Episcopal Life Online, in collaboration with the Dioceses of Mississippi and Louisiana, has prepared a bulletin insert for parish use on the continued Gulf Coast recovery efforts. This insert and others can be found here: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/95270_ENG_HTM.htm
- Prayers of the People
- The Diocese of Louisiana prepared a short prayers of the people that you can use in your church to remember those affected by the hurricanes. You can find these prayers here: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/article/prayers-katrina-sunday
- Help Recovery Efforts
- There are many different ways that you can help â whether it is raising funds to send to recovery efforts or volunteering in one of the affected Gulf Coast areas or in Iowa. To learn more about volunteering with the Diocese of Louisiana, visit odr.edola.org or call 504.895.6634. Diocesan volunteer coordinator Pete Nunnally, firstname.lastname@example.org, will gladly assist your group in planning a mission trip to New Orleans.
Visit http://www.dioms.org/katrina/mission-bay.html to learn more about the Diocese of Mississippiâs Camp Coast Care or call 601.948.5954 or visit www.dioms.org to contact the Diocese of Mississippi.
To help in Iowa, contact The Rev. Pat Genereux, Disaster Relief and Recovery Coordinator at 319-750-0338 or email@example.com or visit http://www.iowaepiscopal.org/ to learn more about Diocesan relief efforts. The Diocese of Louisiana and Episcopal Relief and Development are among those responding to the Iowa floods. For an update on efforts: http://www.iowaepiscopal.org/