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Local Catholics put faith into action to assist flood victims in body and spirit

Parishioners at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Metairie mobilized over three days to collect, sort, pack and load two 18-wheelers with flood relief supplies to take to St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Baton Rouge.

Toiletries, cleaning supplies, food, water and clothing were donated by parishioners and other individuals. Father Tim Hedrick, parochial vicar at St. Catherine of Siena, worked with parishioner James Carter and the Men’s Club and Cooperative Club to organize the effort. The following words of St. Paul capture the sentiment of all those who volunteered, observed Father Hedrick: “I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the Gospel from the first day until now” (Phil 1:3). Said Father Hedrick: “St. Catherine of Siena Parish truly is ‘Centered on Christ, Ablaze with Love!’” The priest, pictured at bottom left, handing a box of supplies to some young helpers, worked as a youth minister at St. Thomas More Parish before discerning a call to the priesthood.

Second Harvest  Food Bank volunteers unpack emergency supplies Aug. 17 at St. Thomas Chapel in Springfield, Louisiana.

Students from Archbishop Hannan High gut Amite Baptist Church in Denham Springs on Aug. 20. The day before, members of the football team cancelled practice to help friends and family of Hannan students who live in the Albany and Denham Springs area.

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