Archbishop Dolan Urges Caution in Face of Storm

If you live on the East Coast (or even if you don't), you're probably aware that Hurricane Irene is expected to travel up the I-95 corridor this weekend. New York City already has announced that its public transportation will shut down beginning at noon on Saturday. This combination of dangerous weather conditions and a lack of mass transit (/Mass transit?) has some Catholics worried about how they'll fulfill their Sunday obligation.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York has tried to put minds at ease. In a statement today he urged the faithful to put safety first:

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“With all of our friends and neighbors here in the community we love, we in the Catholic family are united in prayer for protection from the impending storm, and eager to offer refuge and help to those who may be endangered or harmed.

Catholics take Sunday mass very seriously, but the Church never asks us to risk our health or safety to get to church on the Lord’s Day. Please be careful! Do not take any chance with your safety and health if things get dangerous.

Our extensive network of parishes, schools, Catholic Charities, health care institutions, and residential facilities are cooperating fully with our public safety officials, and stand ready to assist in all efforts of outreach and help.”

+Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York

Our prayers go out for the safety of all in the path of the storm this weekend.

Kerry Weber

 

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Jim McCrea
6 years 1 month ago
I hope the Archbishop is instructing his pastors to make parish and other facilities available to people who are forced from their homes because of being in areas where Irene can do the most damage.

If not, why not?
Juan Lino
6 years 1 month ago
Good call on his part.  This is the first time that I have ever heard of them closing down the subways so now I am stranded b/c I don't drive : (

If things turn out to be as bad as they predict, it's going to interesting here in the City.
Brendan McGrath
6 years 1 month ago
In other news, St. Francis of Assisi is running out into the storm shouting for joy and singing to Brother Storm and Sister Irene.  :)

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