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The Diocese of Lake Charles is coordinating three public meetings to inform those whose family graves (Catholic, private, and public) were damaged by Hurricanes Laura and/or Delta of available funding. The Louisiana Cemetery Task Force and FEMA will be in attendance to explain the FEMA funding process.

The public is invited and pastors, family members, representatives of cemeteries, memorial and burial service businesses are encouraged to attend. Please choose the time and location most convenient to you. The Diocese of Lake Charles is grateful for the assistance of Attorney General Jeff Landry, Chairman Ryan Seidemann, and the Louisiana Cemetery Task Force. There will be time set aside for questions and answers.

If you have a cemetery in which bodies were disturbed or moved, please attend the meeting and please bring the following:
1) cemetery maps with the name of the church and cemetery on it
2) physical address of the cemetery
3) your name and contact number (cell phone) to assist in this process

Attendees to the following meetings should register in advance for “funeral assistance” by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362, visiting www.disasterassistance.gov, or using the FEMA Mobile App.

The Louisiana Cemetery Task Force Informational Meetings are scheduled as follows:

• Tuesday, October 20
11:00 a.m. to noon
Immaculate Heart of Mary Founder's Hall
2031 Opelousas Street, Lake Charles

• Tuesday, October 20
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
St. Mary of the Lake Parish Hall
11054 La. Highway 384, located in community of Big Lake

• Wednesday, October 21
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Immaculate Conception Church Fellowship Hall
2700 Maplewood Drive, Sulphur

• Thursday, October 22
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Boulevard in New Orleans

• Friday, October 23
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Boulevard in New Orleans

Attorney General Jeff Landry also reminded those needing assistance who are unable to attend one of the aforementioned meetings that they may contact his office by phone at 225-326-6056 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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