Sunday 12 July, 2020

Archbishop says Church will stand with flood victims

Roman Catholic Archbishop Jason Gordon is appealing to his flock to help those affected by this weekend's floodwaters.

In a release, the Archbishop is urging Catholics to share water and food and to open up the Parish Halls to those in need of shelter.

"As we awake today, the day after the relentless rain and resulting floods, let us thank God for life. We have witnessed rains in our nation the likes of which we have not seen in living memory. Many are affected. Many lost their homes, cars, furniture and clothes. Others are safe, warm and dry," he said.

"Today, as Trinidadians and Tobagonians, let us act with solidarity and share with those who are affected. If you have two bottles of water, let us share one; those with food should do the same (Lk 3:10-11).
This is a time of national disaster; we must witness to sharing and solidarity. Let us check our streets, villages, towns and communities to ensure everyone has what they need. If people are homeless because of the flooding let us open our parish halls to them. Let us ensure everyone has food, water, dry clothes and shelter. If we all help, then all will be cared for." 

Statting that his heart and prayers go out to the affected, the Archbishop assured that as a Church they will stand by citizens as we work together to rebuild our nation.

He said The Society of St Vincent de Paul on 20 Duncan Street, Port-of-Spain and the Living Water Community on 109 Frederick Street are coordinating relief efforts and supplies for flood victims.

Persons are encouraged to donate critical supplies at these drop-off points. Please contact SVP at 623 4926/625 3562 and LWC at 623 4677 for assistance.


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