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September 4, 1992 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Special collections requested for Hurricane Andrew victims Archbishop Edward A. Mc- Carthy of Miami aunt, bishops in at "least four other Florida dioceses have requested spe- cial collections for relief for victims of Hurricane Andrew, which devastated the south Dade County area Aug. 24. At least four people in the Bahamas, 15 people in Florida and one ill Louisiana were killed as Hurricane An- drew moved from the Caribbean to the U.S. main- land and slammed into Florida then Louisiana. Dam- age has run into the billions of dollars. Catholic social service agencies in Florida and Louisiana kicked into gear quickly after Hurricane An- drew passed through, trying to provide food, shelter and other essentials to victims of the catastrophic storm. In the Archdiocese of Miami, the extent of the dev- astation to homes, public ser- vices and lives made even ob- taining a cold drink of water an hours long task. The prospect of returning to nor- mal routines seemed days off Newburgh students begin hurricane relief efforts By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Students in Catholic schools throughout the Dio- cese of Evansville have been invited to participate in hur- ricane relief efforts, according to Donna Halverson, coordi- nator of support services. They will be following the lead set by students at St. John the Baptist School, New- burgh. Last week, after hearing the news of the devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew and about some Evansville businesses' efforts to help in Morgan City, La., St. John's principal called Sacred Heart Church in Morgan City. When Dr. Charlotte Bennett talked with Sacred Heart's principal, she learned that Morgan City has two Catholic elementary schools, with a combined student enrollment of over 400. There is also a Catholic high school with an enrollment of about 150 stu- dents. As of last Friday, Sacred Heart's principal had not been able to compIetely sur- vey the school building for damage. She did tell Bennett that she believes that her stu- dents should be able to return to their school in about a month. After talking with the prin- cipal, Bennett asked each St. John family to consider mak- ing a $5 donation to a spe- cially-designated hurricane relief fund which will be do- nated to the Morgan City Catholic schools. Bennett also contacted other principals at Catholic schools in the diocese, to in- vite them to participate in the relief effort. "It is important that our schools are not insulated," said Halverson. "During Desert Storm, our students felt connected when they wrote to the soldiers. We re- ally need to feel that, espe- cially as Catholic Christians. We need to reach out and help our brother. "And it really lifts your spirits to know someone cares about you." in the least affected areas and months or years away in the hardest-hit regions, an arch- diocesan spokeswoman told Catholic News Service in a telephone interview. How to contribute Money for hurricane relief efforts may be sent to the Catholic Diocese of Evansville, Post Office Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. Donations earmarked for Har- bor Island will be forwarded to the parish in the Bahamas served by Father James Lex. Other contributions received by the diocese will be forwarded to Catholic Charities USA for distribution ill the United States. Hurricane damage is exten- sive, but no lives were lost, on Harbor Island in the Ba- hamas, where Father James Lex of Evansville serves a parish six months each year. Father Lex described the scene in a telephone call to Father Earl Rohleder at St. Anthony Church, Evansville. Father Lex is a retired priest of the Diocese of Evansville, who resides at St. Anthony Church when he is in the United States. Since 1980, he has spent his pre-re- tirement vacation time at Sa- cred Heart Church on Harbor Island. Since his retirement, he has devoted six months of every year -- from November to June  to the island parish in the Diocese of Nassau. In a telephone interview with the Message on Aug. 26, Father Lex said he planned to fly from Florida to an airport on the Bahamian RAY'S FIRE & SAFETY Fire Extinguisher Sales & Service 117 Busseron Street Comrnercia/ and Residentia/ MIGKRAY: Home: 882-4185 Shop: 886-4960, Pager: 885-7571  D'O'W'N'T'O'W'N 301 MAIN ST. VINCENNES. IN 47591 island of Eleutheria on Aug. 27. From Eleutheria, he in- tended to take a ferry to Har- bor Island. At the time he was making plans, the only information about the hurricane damage came from a pilot who had flown over the Bahamas. The pilot told him that a surge of water  perhaps 18 to 20 feet high -- had apparently struck the coastal area of Harbor Is- land. In the one phone call he was able to make after his ar- rival, Father Lex told Father Rohleder that there were no deaths on the island, but that virtually every building and every tree had been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Andrew. Only one telephone line had been established for the island. Father Lex said the roof of his rectory was blown off, but he was able to find shelter and a place to sleep in what was left of the building. The church roof was intact, but most of the windows were blown out. Other churches on the island were also dam- aged. Island inhabitants had food, as a result of a British shipping company, according to Father Lex. He said the main needs on the island are building materials, money and volunteers. Harbor Island is about a half-mile wide and three miles long. 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