The Blessed Mother really was with us on Sunday night! Here at Mary Help of Christians Center over 120 people took shelter during Hurricane Irma. We had a very good experience together praying throughout the weekend and helping one another. When the warning came out that residents of Tampa, especially those in flood zones and mobile homes, were required to evacuate, many churches put up a sign on the front lawn: “No Mass this weekend. Good luck and God bless.” At Mary Help of Christians, we sent out communications: “Come here for Mass, for safety. Spend the night; we will feed you.” This was made possible because of the dedicated staff and volunteers of Mary Help of Christians Center and the generosity of parishioners who provided food. Fr. Steve Dumais began his assignment as pastor this weekend and although it was not quite the way he envisioned his first weekend would be, he was impressed with the Knights of Columbus who provided breakfast for the many evacuees who stayed at MHC.
We sustained damage. The gym roof was seriously affected and all activities in the gymnasium are suspended for the time-being. However, volunteers have already begun to clean up the tree, branch and fence damage and activities like the upcoming weekend retreat and Ministry Fair are still on.