Thursday, june 30, 2016 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 56, No. 3 MARY SEAMANS THE CATHOLIC ACCENT SUMMER SPLENDOR: Lillies surround a statue of St. Francis of Assisi at St. James Parish, New Alexandria. Flooding devastates West Virginia; more rain expected By Colleen Rowan Catholic News Service WHEELING, W.VA. — Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston has asked for prayers for people affected by the devastating floods in West Virginia that have left 26 dead, including a 4-year-old and an 8-year-old. As of June 27, nearly 500,000 were without power, and 44 counties were under a state of emergency. “We pray for those affected by this natural disaster, including those who have lost their homes and livelihoods; those who do not have electricity, food or clean water and, most importantly, for those who are injured and have lost loved ones,” the bishop said. “Let us prayerfully remember those who died. “As floodwaters rise and recede, I ask you to please join me in praying for the protection of the brave men and women who are working to bring relief to our neighbors,” the bishop added. Damage from the flooding was widespread, with the southeastern region of the state being hit the hard-est. Walls of water came crashing into towns and small communities leaving ruin and heartbreak in their wake. “It’s pretty devastating,” said Father Chapin Engler, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in White Sulphur Springs. “It was the most significant rain event I’ve ever experienced. ... The main waterway that goes through the valley of White Sulphur completely flooded its banks and took with it many houses.” Storms brought 10 inches of rain in just four hours in White Sulphur Springs. A home ripped off its foun-dation and engulfed in flames floated down Howard’s Creek. There were many rescues of people in the area trapped by flood waters, Father Engler said, and residents took shelter at the Continued on page 2 HOW TO HELP The Diocese of Greensburg will take up a special collection July 16-17 to help victims of flooding in West Virginia, which caused many deaths and extensive destruction. Donations will go to Catholic Charities West Virginia, which is coordinating relief efforts. For information, go to www.catholiccharitieswv.org. INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGE 3 Year of Mercy: Instructing the ignorant is one of the spiritual works of mercy. PAGE 5 The popularity of CYO sports is growing in the diocese.