Heroic Priest Kayaks Into Flood to Offer Mass for Those Stranded by Hurricane Harvey

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Matthew P. Schneider LC, Facebook

Hurricane Harvey made landfall this weekend, leaving devastation in its wake, especially in the Houston, TX area.

A local ABC News station spotted a man kayaking through a flooded area and decided to interview him on live TV. It turned out that the man was a Catholic priest returning to his parish to help those in need and offer Sunday Mass!

Fr. David Bergeron, a priest at the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, TX, explained to the live audience that he was trying to return to his parish for Sunday Mass and had to use his kayak to traverse the flooded area. He said he stopped at a local store to buy wine for Mass, but unfortunately he was told it was illegal to buy wine before 12noon on a Sunday.

Nonetheless, he got some supplies for a stranded brother priest. He said he may still return to the store to buy wine at noon. He had heard of many people, including families with children, who were stranded in the flood, and he hoped to offer help.

He also said the fact he was kayaking reminded him of how the Americas were originally evangelized. “I guess this is how the Americas were evangelized, with a canoe, this is a kayak. I hope that can bring a smile to a few people.”

When he realized he was on live TV, he gave praise to God: “Some texts were coming in, some parishioners that saw me on TV. So I guess we’re live. The Lord is alive, and the Lord is always with us as well. So I really pray for the protection of all the people.”

Here’s a video of the full interview with the kayaking priest:

Say a prayer for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey!

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