Hurricane’s impact leaves continual reminders for Catholic parish

Father Emilio Jimenez is the pastoral leader at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Aransas Pass. One of 11 children, he grew up in the city, just blocks away from his parish and knows the pain and struggles of the poor in our community, having experienced similar challenges in his youth. Aransas Pass Progress

Hurricane’s impact leaves continual reminders for Catholic parish
Hurricane’s impact leaves continual reminders for Catholic parish

St. Mary’s was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey in August of 2017 and years later remnants from their losses remain obvious to anyone who visits. In an office area, walls have been torn down that had been damaged by flooding and rain and still haven’t been replaced. In the Parish Hall, air vents dangle from exposed ceilings awaiting repairs. Jimenez is doubtful all the work will be completed, if at all, before he plans to retire six years from now. Aransas Pass Progress

Hurricane’s impact leaves continual reminders for Catholic parish

Brilliant sunlight shines through stained glass windows on either side and at the altar in the sanctuary of St. Mary’s Church. The parish is actively involved in helping many of the neediest in Aransas Pass and distributes food baskets to as many as 80 families the second Friday of every month. Aransas Pass Progress

Hurricane’s impact leaves continual reminders for Catholic parish

There’s been no stand-alone Rectory for the parish priest at St. Mary’s and Jimenez, like his predecessors, was using a modular home on the property damaged by Hurricane Harvey that wasn’t up to the task of providing a safe or comfortable roof over his head. Appealing to his congregants this new threebedroom house valued at about $250,000 is going up across the street from the church, much of the cost being covered by donations. Aransas Pass Progress

Hurricane’s impact leaves continual reminders for Catholic parish

When it rains outside an Aransas Pass Church it may pour inside, and usually does. Although it would have been ...

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