October 10, 2020, morning after Hurricane Delta landfall
Just as he did through Hurricane Laura, Bishop Glen John Provost assures the faithful in the Diocese of Lake Charles of his constant presence and prayers for everyone, both during and after Hurricane Delta, as he remains in the Diocese.
Bishop Provost celebrated Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at his usual time of 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 11. The Cathedral’s regular weekend schedule continued with Masses at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 10; and 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m; and 5:00 p.m. (Latin) on Sunday, October 11.
Additional Mass times in the Diocese of Lake Charles include:
* St. Henry: 4:00 pm Saturday; and Sunday at 8:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm (Spanish), and 5:00 pm
* Immaculate Heart of Mary: 4:00 pm, Saturday; and Sunday at 8:30 am
* St. Theodore in Moss Bluff: Sunday at 8:30 am, and 10:30 am
* Our Lady Queen of Heaven: 4:00 pm Saturday; and Sunday at 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am, and 5:30 pm
* Our Lady of Good Counsel: 4:00 pm, Saturday; and Sunday at 9:00 am, 11:00 am,and 6:00 pm
* St. Margaret of Scotland: 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday; and Sunday at 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
Regarding damages to the Cathedral from Hurricane Delta, the Very Rev. Rommel Tolentino, pastor shared the following report:
Initial assessment of the Cathedral reveals no major damage post Hurricane Delta. There’s not even water intrusion through the doors as with Laura. The tarps on the roofs seemed to have stayed intact. There’s just a couple areas that need further assessment.
1. There’s fresh water marks on the stairwell carpet going up the choir loft.
2. Some roof tiles were dislodged from the front of the church directly above the choir loft.
Regarding the rectory, there’s water intrusion through the ceiling by the kitchen, laundry area, and dining area.
Regarding the office, there's fresh water intrusion through the ceiling, mostly on the same areas affected by Laura. There's lots of water on the floor by the kitchen and pantry. There's just a little water in the choir room and the altar society closet. But the biggest mess was in the foyer area — the ceiling tiles drenched with water caved in.
Regarding Immaculate Conception Cathedral School, there's water on the ceiling tiles and the floor of the classrooms that are located on the north side of the old building. There's some water in other areas, but no major damage to the school.
Regarding the old Catholic cemetery, I did not notice anything of great concern.