On Sunday, November 11, ten Affiliates, along with our own Father Gerry Kelly, MM, gathered in Brazoria County, Texas, to answer the call of the poor. Brazoria County is south of Houston, and, like Houston, was heavily impacted by the flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey. Paula & Dave Schaffner came from California, Mary & John Moritz from Florida, Bob Short from Connecticut, Ron Guidry from New York, and Fr. Gerry, Bob & Ruth Kleeman, and Judy & Dick Horstman from Houston.
Prayer Before Entering a Home
God our Father, we ask you to send down your grace upon us as we enter this home. Help us realize that this is not just a house, but rather the home where their family ate their meals together, raised their children, spent holidays together and told stories to each other. This is the home where they laughed together, as well as cried together, as they shared their sorrows and joys.
As we enter this home, give us the grace to be respectful of their possessions and their dignity We ask you to bless this family today, tomorrow, and each day after. We ask you to help us see Christ in each of them and that they be able to see Christ in each of us. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The team spent the week helping a widow whose trailer home was stripped to the studs following the flood. The team completed the demolition and cleaning, finished replacing the floor, rewired the home, installed insulation, and installed drywall. It was obvious that the Holy Spirit sent the right people with the right skills to get the job done.
The team stayed at the Cameron House, which is the former home of the Basilian Fathers in Brazoria County and is owned by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The Archdiocese has offered the use of the home to any mission group that is willing to help the poorest of the poor who were victims of the flood.
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