Flooding 2019 - Message from the Archbishop of Gatineau
According to local authorities, the flooding in the National Capital Region region has reached its peak. We can be relieved at this news, however, we know that the water will recede very slowly and can still be affected by the weather. Furthermore, it is expected that the dramatic situation of so many residents will likely go on for many weeks. The period of cleaning-up and reconstruction is set to begin, and for others, months of uncertainty and precariousness will ensue.
Christian communities along the waterways were directly affected by these floods, however, our communities as a whole were impacted by the stories and reports they have seen. I rejoice at the many acts of solidarity among individuals and communities. And I pray that this goes on because the weeks to come will be challenging
That is why I invite all of our Diocese parishioners to support the community organizations that are handling the current situation, i.e., La Croix Rouge, Centraide Outaouais and St. Vincent de Paul. Your donations will be greatly appreciated.
Community gatherings will be organized in order to help clean up. I encourage parishioners to participate, or make this a parish project: in unity we find strength.
Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters affected by these floods as well as the hundreds of volunteers who’ve lend a hand. Let us pray in thanksgiving for our community leaders who’ve demonstrated a tireless spirit of service. Let us ask the Lord to send his Spirit of patience, courage and perseverance to all those who are affected by this third natural disaster to befall our region in three years.
Together, we can make a difference!
† Paul-André Durocher
Archbishop of Gatineau