Power has been out for more than a day, with about 2/3 of the population in the same situation. We have been able to reach all our chapels, except for Ft. Myers. We are still unable to reach anyone there due to power, phone, internet, and cell outages.
The damage is still under assessment at our various chapels. In Sanford, most of the property has been cleared, but we will have to rebuild our barn.
To illustrate the magnitude of the storm which fell here in Sanford - which is more inland than other areas of Florida - the wind reached 95 mph, and 10 inches of rain fell in just a few hours. Multiple tornadoes also damaged the neighborhood.
Thanks be to God, and thanks to your prayers, we have not received any news or reports of the faithful sustaining major injury or dying. We are still working to reach Ft. Myers and hope to hear that everyone is safe there. Please pray for the safety and well being of all of the faithful affected by this storm.
We will pass along updates from Fr. Vernoy, the prior of Sanford, and the other priests as we receive them.
Contrary to the below announcement, Mass on Sunday at Miramar Beach is moved to 10am not 6pm due to possible bridge closures.
At the request of local authorities, we are cancelling all public masses in the Floridian peninsula. It means that there will be no mass in Sanford, Miami, Davie, Lake Worth, Fort Myers and Jacksonville.
The only Sunday public Mass in Florida will be in Miramar Beach at 6pm. Miramar Beach has a large building sheltering people who are evacuating.
Masses will be offered in Sanford on Saturday September 9 at 7:30am and 6:00pm and in Jacksonville at 7:30 am and 5:00pm.
Our usual program should resume on Tuesday September 13.
Please pray the weather blessing and [light] your candles of the Purification.
God bless you all,
O Lord, drive away the spirit of wickedness from your household, and let the fury of the storm pass. Through our Lord.
O Lord, we offer you our gifts of praise and gratitude for the blessings we have received, and humbly beg you to continue your benefits towards us forever. Through our Lord.
O Almighty and eternal God, your punishments bring us healing, and your forgiveness bestows continued life. Gladden us who ask your help, and comfort us by the fair weather we request, so that we may always use your merciful gifts to our advantage. Through our Lord. Amen.