St. Mary Parish in Opelika, Alabama, is taking a special collection as well as reaching out to victims of the powerful tornados that devastated Lee County, Alabama, a parish official told NCR. The monster storms made landfall March 3 about 20 minutes from the parish, killing at least two dozen people. Likewise, St. Michael Parish in nearby Auburn has put out requests for gift cards “of any amount” to aid storm victims. Archbishop Thomas Rodi of Mobile, Alabama, issued a statement March 4 asking “for prayers for those who lost their lives and for their loved ones, as well as for those who have lost homes and businesses.” He said Catholic Social Services of the archdiocese had “reached out to the pastors of the affected areas.”
See also the recent story about Fr. Bruce Krause and our mission there as told during the Novena at Mary’s Central Shrine (the video of the homily begins at the 11 minute mark).