Diocesan-wide Impacts from Hurricane Idalia
With praise and thanksgiving, the majority of the Diocese of St. Augustine, which encompasses 17 counties of North Central and Northeast Florida escaped major damage from Hurricane Idalia.
Due to the evacuation of the coastal community along Cedar Key, we have been unable to check in with our brothers and sisters in this area.
Please know our faith community is continuing to pray for the safety and well-being of all individuals who are affected by the storm.
Epiphany Catholic School in Lake City will remain closed on Thursday, August 31 due to lack of power. Friday, Sept. 1 is a teacher planning day and students will not be in class. On Monday schools will be closed to observe Labor Day. They will resume their regular class schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
All remaining schools will resume classes on Thursday, August 31.
Diocesan Offices and Entities
All diocesan properties including the Catholic Center, Father Felix Varela Center, Catholic Cemeteries, the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche and Marywood Retreat & Conference Center will open on Thursday, August 31.
Most parishes did not withstand damage. Check with your local parish for updates.
Catholic Charities Disaster Response
The Disaster Response Program of Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. for the Diocese of St. Augustine provides assistance and long-term support to individuals and communities affected by natural disasters. Whether it’s hurricanes, floods, wildfires or other catastrophic events, we are committed to being on the frontlines, offering essential services to those impacted.
Our program’s services include emergency relief, food and water distribution, emotional support and helping individuals navigate the complex process of recovery and rebuilding. Additionally, we collaborate with local and regional partners, government agencies and volunteers to maximize our impact and reach as many people as possible. With a deep-rooted commitment to social justice and solidarity, we believe in standing together to provide relief, restore hope and help communities thrive in the aftermath of a disaster. If you are a person affected by a disaster, please contact us at (904) 899-5500 or visit www.ccbdosa.org.