Published on August 30, 2012
A prayer from Archbishop Gregory Aymond
Lord God, you promise to be with us always and in times of trouble to be our strength. We come to you trusting in your protection and mercy. Bless us, protect us and all those on the Gulf Coast. Please give us your Spirit of perserverance in this time of challenge. Bless those awaiting rescue, also the elderly. Protect the emergency crews. Through Christ our Lord.
Damage assessments are now underway and it is clear that many residents in the 8 civil parishes of the Archdiocese of New Orleans will need assistance to recover from Hurricane Isaac. Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Catholic Charities leadership are finalizing a response plan that will launch immediately and will begin with crisis counselors and case managers working with evacuees in the state’s evacuation shelters. Other teams will fan out into the affected areas beginning Friday, August 31, 2012. Residents of Plaquemines Parish, the towns of Slidell, LaPlace, Madisonville and Mandeville have suffered the most damage, but the situation remains fluid and assessments continue to identify damage.