Hurricane Florence roared onto the North Carolina shore on September 14, making landfall just south of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Although it had weakened by then to a Category 1 hurricane, it still had enough wind speed to uproot trees and cause widespread power outages throughout the Carolinas.  Florence stalled for several days while making landfall, continually dumping heavy rain along coastal areas from September 13, when the outer rain bands first began to be felt, to September 15, when the storm was still stalled out only a few miles west of Wilmington.  Coupled with a large storm surge, this caused widespread flooding along a long stretch of the North Carolina coast, from New Bern to Wilmington.

Father Dan Leary has been in contact with the pastors of two parishes in the hurricane’s path of destruction that are in need of our support for families and the poor.  Their rectories, schools and parishioners sustained a great deal of damage by hurricane Florence.  In the coming days, we will provide pictures of the recovery efforts on this webpage.

The second collection at Masses on the weekend of October 13/14 was specifically designated as a Relief Fund Collection to provide our direct support for these parishes.

As of October 17, your generous donations have added up to over $13,000!

Donations will be sent to Annunciation Parish and Saint Paul’s Parish in North Carolina, both in the path of destruction from Hurricane Florence, and to Saint Dominic’s Parish in Panama City, Florida which was more recently hit by Hurricane Michael.

Please continue to keep all those affected by the hurricanes in your prayers and continue to contribute to the Relief Fund Collection.

Annunciation in Havelock


Annunciation Parish is a Roman Catholic Parish within the Diocese of Raleigh, in Havelock, North Carolina, with approximately 560 families.  They sustained quite a bit of water damage in the church and school.  The rectory will not be habitable for six months.  The buildings have power and parishioners and staff have been providing hot dinners and clothing to those in need. They still have no internet or telephone service, so communication has been difficult.

Many families have been hit very hard, especially those who lived in the no-flood zone and are without flood insurance.

The rectory office and living area sustained substantial damage.





The school sustained damage from fallen trees, especially the art room.













Reverend William Upah
Annunciation Catholic Church
246 E. Main Street
Havelock, NC 28532


Saint Paul in New Bern


The original church, Old Saint Paul Church in downtown New Bern, NC suffered hurricane damage from wind and rain but escaped the storm surge.  Old Saint Paul is the first Catholic Church in North Carolina and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.






The main church also suffered damage to the sanctuary area roof.

The parishioners and residents of the area around Saint Paul’s suffered substantial damage to their homes and properties. The parish has organized teams of volunteers to help clean up and feed and shelter those most affected.


Reverend Thomas S. Tully
Saint Paul Catholic Church
Main Campus
3005 Country Club Road
New Bern, North Carolina 28562


Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10 as a Category 4 storm and maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, the most powerful to hit the area on record. The path of devastation left behind stretches from the Panhandle to the East Coast. In some areas, only concrete slabs remain from the total annihilation of homes and businesses.

Saint Dominic in Panama City

St. Dominic’s is in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.  Some of our parishioners recently returned from a visit to the parish and shared their experience.




The parish sustained major damage in the storm.  The church steeple is bent and there is water damage inside, yet it seems to be fine. Workers are drying it out, and although it may be months before project finished, that is their first priority.  The rectory was condemned and priests are staying at a nearby rectory.  The parish hall is gone and the front office is damaged.  There is a senior residence connected to the church which is damaged yet habitable.

Our Lady stands firm at the front of the parish office.

Her hands are loosened at the wrists, but not gone!


Volunteers have been providing food, water, supplies, and hot meals to those in need.



Volunteers are desperately needed daily while Catholic Relief/Catholic Charities bring in supplies and are distributed. Cars line up at 10 am and never stop as MRE’s food, clothing, baby products, toiletries, water, ice, pet supplies, and more are given out. By 5 pm it is closed for curfew. Over 2000 are helped daily and some say 4000 have been served. This distribution set up at St Dominic’s will continue indefinitely.


Mass is held daily at Grotto at 5:30 am with last sounds of workers, buzz saws, back hoes, and beeping noises all around.










Joy resonates everywhere! Hugs and blessings are extended constantly. Tears are exchanged and encouragement is given out freely with love. The Holy Spirit is vividly present.






Reverend Michael Nixon

St. Dominic Catholic Church

3308 E. 15th Street

Panama City, Florida 32405



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