Archdiocesan Hurricane Harvey Updates

August 26, 2017


Last updated Sept. 15, 2017, at 10:22 a.m. CDT


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Recovery from catastrophes such as Hurricane Harvey takes years. We need your help to recover from this disaster and continue to serve the faithful of the Archdiocese. Thank you for your prayers and your generosity.

Donate to the Archdiocesan Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

You can also donate to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

 


IMPACT ON THE ARCHDIOCESE

As of September 11, 2017, there are 68 Parish, School and Archdiocesan locations reporting damage from Hurricane Harvey. Of those Parish and School sites, 4 locations have sustained damage that has been categorized as catastrophic:  Shrine of the True Cross Parish and School (Dickinson), St. Francis of Assisi Parish and School (Houston), St. Ignatius Loyola Parish (Spring) and St. Philip the Apostle Parish (Huffman).  Each site experienced several feet of water in each building on campus.  The sites have moved quickly on the road to recovery finding new locations to celebrate Masses with their communities and reopen their schools:

Shrine of the True Cross Parish & School

- Celebrating Masses at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Dickinson

- True Cross School has relocated to the Our Lady of Fatima School Campus in Texas City

St. Francis of Assisi Parish & School

- Celebrating Masses at Our Mother of Mercy Church in Houston

- St. Francis of Assisi School has relocated to the Resurrection School Campus in Houston

St. Ignatius Loyola Parish

- Celebrating weekend Masses at Klein High School (temporarily)

St. Philip the Apostle Parish

- Celebrating Sunday Masses at The Overlook (former Atascocita Country Club)

Over the last 2 weekends, Cardinal DiNardo has celebrated Mass with each of the above Parish communities at their temporary locations.  The Parishioners have been battered, but they are not broken.  Their faith is strong and they look forward to rebuilding and returning to their Parish homes.  This weekend he also visited and celebrated Mass at Sacred Heart Parish in Manvel.  Their sanctuary was flooded during Harvey.

 


OUTREACH EFFORTS

In the immediate aftermath of the storm, a number of parishes served as emergency shelters, but nearly all have closed.  Local officials and the Red Cross began consolidating when evacuees were beginning the process of returning to their homes for cleanup or transition to other housing.  As we move from emergency response to the recovery phase, the Knights of Columbus and our social service agencies are providing for the current needs of those affected as through a number of activities summarized below:

 

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus have developed a network of Point of Distribution (POD) sites to house donated items, including food, water, cleaning supplies, etc. in the community for further distribution to individuals and parishes in the areas where the PODS are located.  They are designed to bring in food and supplies in the morning and turn them around into the communities by the afternoon.  The PODS will be open Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  They are also coordinating with the Houston Food Bank to have fresh produce available at the PODS on distribution days. 

For more info and the location of other PODS throughout the Archdiocese, please contact:

Main POD Center
Council 3077 (Bishop Byrne)
420 Telephone Rd., Houston, TX 77023
Paul Gloria 832-364-9390 
John Hinojosa, 713-412-6477 

 

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities is currently providing the following disaster relief services at six locations around the Archdiocese:

  • Intake/Case Management Services – including assistance with FEMA registration
  • Supplies distribution  (cleaning supplies, toiletries, water, food, etc.)
  • Gift Card distribution
  • Counseling

LOCATIONS

  • Catholic Charities Central Office - 2900 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77006, 713-526-4611
  • Mamie George Community Center - 1111 Collins Road, Richmond, Texas 77469, 281-202-6200
  • Texas City, Mainland - 712 5th Ave North, Texas City, TX 77590, 409-948-0405 - Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Galveston - 4700 Broadway, #Fl 03, Galveston, TX 77550, 409-762-2064- Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Bay Area Office - 1300-A Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058, 281-282-6069 - Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Dickinson Volunteer Site - Unity Church, 1911 Texas 3, League City, Texas 77573, 281-554-2450 - Call ahead for hours

 

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has identified 4 Parishes in the Archdiocese to serve as Parish Recovery Assistance Centers (P-RACs), a holistic community-based approach to helping families immediately after a disaster hits, now through Saturday, Sept. 23.

The Centers will be regional hubs where SVDP trained personnel will be on site providing intake and information regarding the various programs that may be available to victims (i.e. FEMA, Small Business Administration, registration with Crisis Cleanup for muck outs and debris removal, etc.)  The Parish Recovery Assistance Centers will also have supplies on hand to distribute immediately to those seeking help. 

Hours of Operation
Thursday, Sept. 14 - Saturday, Sept. 23
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday

LOCATIONS

  • St. Bartholomew Catholic Church
    5356 11th St, Katy, TX 77493
  • St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Parish Hall
    2131 Lauder Rd, Houston, TX 77039
  • Mary Queen Catholic Church
    606 Cedarwood Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546
  • Holy Family Catholic Church, Room 1
    1510 5th St, Missouri City, TX 77489

Please contact the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for additional information at 877-368-6494 or www.svdphouston.org.

 

San Jose Clinic

San Jose Clinic continues to provide pharmacy services, primary medical care, emergency dental services, and mental health counseling, as well as our full range of diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured in our community at their central location at 2615 Fannin, Houston 77002. 

The Clinic has waived eligibility requirements in order to accommodate the loss of identification and other important documents due to the storm, as well as waived patient contributions until further notice. Americares is also working on-site at the Clinic to help distribute medical supplies to shelters and the impacted areas.

With the assistance of volunteer medical teams from outside of Texas, San Jose Clinic has also opened a temporary clinic location at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Rosenberg.  On the first day of operation last week, the medical team treated over 100 patients. The temporary clinic location will continue to operate through September 15, 2017. 

LOCATIONS
Midtown Clinic
2615 Fannin, Houston 77002

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
1600 Avenue D
Rosenberg TX 77471
Family Life Center CCE Classrooms
Sept. 9 -15
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
NO DOCUMENTS REQUIRED 

 

Catholic Charismatic Center

The Catholic Charismatic Center (CCC) has opened a storefront at 1608 Cullen Blvd, right down the street from the Center, to house their ongoing relief operation. They are distributing relief supplies, including water, food, baby food and supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies and pet food.  They are open Tuesdays-Fridays from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. for the rest of September, possibly longer. You can contact the relief line is 346-234-4295.

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, two 18-wheelers will arrive at the CCC with 80 pallets of relief supplies including non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, new shoes, and toiletries.  These items will be distributed to anyone who is in need from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Catholic Charismatic Center parking lot - 1949 Cullen Blvd., Houston, TX, 77023.

 


STATEMENTS

Aug. 27 - USCCB President Calls for Solidarity; Previews National Response to Hurricane Harvey

Aug. 27 - Cardinal DiNardo: Message to Parishioners During Hurricane Harvey

Aug. 26 - Cardinal DiNardo's Statement on Hurricane Harvey

 


FROM THE TEXAS CATHOLIC HERALD

Read the latest stories about Hurricane Harvey's impacts across the Archdiocese and beyond.

Sept. 13 - Cardinal DiNardo: Fallen Houston police sergeant 'lived' beatitudes

Sept. 8 - Call to justice motivates Mattress Mack to serve

Sept. 6 - After Harvey, parish life still thrives at devastated Houston Black Catholic church

Sept. 1 - Water’s rise and fall: Harvey's wrath still felt across Gulf Coast

Aug. 30 - Prayers, aid offered amid floods as parishes grapple with Harvey

Aug. 28 - Parishioners shocked by Harvey's devastation

Aug. 27 - WATCH: Houston priest kayaks in floodwaters, shares faith with live TV reporter

Aug. 26 - Galveston-Houston readies for historic hurricane, first in 10-plus years

 


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