Unprecedented impact of winter weather

Unprecedented impact of winter weather

For Fr. Rafael Querobin, SCJ, the idea of snow in Houston was exciting. “But I had no idea about the consequences of it,” he said. Originally from Brazil, Fr. Rafael is associate pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Houston, a place rarely touched by sub-zero temperatures and snow. The devasting impact of the unusual weather pattern has since become national news.
 
Fr. Wojciech Adamczyk, SCJ, OLG pastor, said that SCJs have tried to assist neighbors who were most impacted. “I visited many families; however, our assistance is limited to the distribution of water, batteries and propane.”
 
On Friday morning, the OLG community learned that the Escuelita, the parish’s school for pre-K 3 and 4, suffered significant damage when pipes burst and the ceiling collapsed. One of the classrooms is pictured above.
 
The people served by the Catholic Parishes of Northwest Mississippi and Sacred Heart Southern Missions were also impacted by the weather. Olive Branch received a record 10 inches of snow! Most Ash Wednesday liturgies were online, most school activities were cancelled. The mobile food pantry, which has been a lifeline for many families in the midst of the pandemic, was also cancelled.
 
This week, temperatures are rising back up to their usual southern range.

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