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Katrina Anniversary Observance At Loyola

Loyola announcement - August 23, 2006

A year has almost passed since Hurricane Katrina wreaked
havoc on Loyola, New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Gulf Coast.
The unprecedented nature of both the natural and
human-caused tragedies related to this storm continues to
adversely influence the daily lives of many members of the
Loyola community. Whether for good or bad, we are not the
same individuals, university, city, state or nation as
before Katrina. As a community of faith and learning, it is
important that we take time to recognize where we have been,
where we are today and where we hope to be in the weeks,
months and years to come. It is important, also, to
remember we are not all in the same place mentally or
emotionally.

Tuesday, August 29, the one year anniversary
of the levee failures caused by Hurricane Katrina, is a
natural place to start our communal reflection. Since this
date coincides with the extreme busy-ness of starting a new
semester that brings its own excitement and stresses, we
will also use Thursday, September 14, the scheduled day for
the Mass of the Holy Spirit, to continue our community
observance of post-Katrina reality and hope at Loyola.

University Ministry in cooperation with the Student
Government Association and the University Programming Board
invites the entire Loyola community to make Tuesday, August
29 a prayerful day of reflection, conversation and
awareness. We encourage individuals, colleges, departments
and organizations to make special efforts throughout the day
to create an atmosphere of support and encouragement. Take
time to commemorate this anniversary through prayer and
conversation with those in your office, department or living
space with whom you have daily shared the frustrations and
graces of post hurricane life. Spend time at the reflection
boards which will be on display in front of the Danna Center
by the statue of St. Ignatius and add your current thoughts.
Bring that spirit to the university-wide Mass that will be
celebrated at 12:30 in Ignatius Chapel with Fr. Kevin
Wildes, S.J. presiding. SGA and UPB will be serving red
beans and rice in the peace quad after Mass so the communal
conversation can continue.

On this momentous day, we feel that it is important to stand
in solidarity with our neighbors in the city of New Orleans,
especially those areas that were hit harder than our own
campus. While there will be a number of ways to mark the
anniversary on campus, we encourage you to join the
metropolitan community at any city-wide events or the
interfaith prayer service at St. Louis Cathedral on the
evening of Aug 29th. Your presence at these events wearing
Loyola colors, if possible, will be a great sign of our
continued, active involvement in bringing New Orleans back.
Here is a link to a partial schedule of activities in the
area:
http://www.nola.com/katrina/?/katrina/content/anniversary.html

Our daily experiences with the aftermath of hurricanes
Katrina and Rita will continue beyond this anniversary date.
Therefore, we will also use the Mass of the Holy Spirit on
Thursday, September 14 at 11:30 AM in the Rec Plex to
continue our commemoration. This annual, university-wide
tradition marks the beginning of the new academic year by
invoking the blessing of the Holy Spirit on the mission of
Loyola and all of our community endeavors. The Mass of the
Holy Spirit has been canceled the last two years because of
hurricanes. It is fitting, then, that we use this time to
continue the celebration of our return after the storm.

Over the next few days and weeks, University Ministry will
be e-mailing suggested prayers, reflection materials and
guides for conversation among your friends, classmates and
co-workers. We will also send updated schedules of events
as they become available. May God continue to bless us with
love and grace as we all face the frustrations, questions,
opportunities and excitement of living as a people of faith
in post-Katrina New Orleans.



City of New Orleans: has planned Hurricane Katrina memorial
activities themed Remembrance, Renewal, and Rebirth on
Sunday August 27, 2006 and Tuesday, August 29, 2006. All
City events are free and open to the public. A complete list
of these activities can be found at:
http://www.cityofno.com/portal.aspx?portal=1&;load=
~/PortalModules/ViewPressRelease.ascx&itemid=3659


Archdiocese of New Orleans: The Archdiocese of New Orleans
is preparing two liturgical services to remember the tragic
events of Hurricane Katrina. On Sunday, August 27, victims
and losses suffered by the city will be remembered at the
11:00 AM Mass from the Cathedral.

On Tuesday, August 29, the Archdiocese will host an
interfaith prayer service at 7:00 PM at St. Louis Cathedral.
The service will conclude with a concert by musicians from
the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the tolling of the
“Katrina Bell.”