Couple praying with Catholic Charities worker midst the rubble of their homeThe bishops of Louisiana have asked the faithful to pray the following prayer, daily if possible during the hurricane season which extends each year from June 1 to November 30, that we and our lands and belongings may be preserved safe from harm.  

Prayer for Safety In Hurricane Season

O God, Master of this passing world,
hear the humble voices of your children.
The Sea of Galilee obeyed Your order
and returned to its former quietude. Read more ... 
BY ROBERT STEWART, The Advocate staff writer
May 22, 2012

Capital Area United Way will provide $6.7 million to agencies in the Baton Rouge metro area for community programs in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the organization announced Friday.
More than 130 programs provided by 50 agencies will receive money, according to a news release from Capital Area United Way.

Relief leader explains how faith spurs action after storms

Reprint from The Advocate 

BY MARK H. HUNTER, Special to The Advocate,  May 07, 2012 

Soon after Catholic Charities disaster aid workers arrived in Joplin, Mo., following the catastrophic, May 22 tornado, children were telling them stories of butterflies.

“As we were talking to folks that only had half of a house and were living under tarps, and no running water or anything left of their life other than the clothes they had on, the more we talked to the children, the kids started talking about seeing butterflies during the tornado,” said Gabe Tischler, the disaster coordinator for Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri.

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