In the aftermath of the explosion on April 17, Assumption Catholic Church received many, many messages of support from all over the world via our parish e-mail account, in addition to the phone message and cards and letters that our priests and parish received. Here are just a few of those e-mail messages:
Dear Fr. Ed Karasek
Prayers to you and your parish and community from Boston. I serve as pastor in Brookline which is two miles from the Marathon finish line at Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish. While we are still healing from all the events from last week I feel that it is our obligation to offer outreach to you and all in your community during your tragic times. As your brother priest I will continue to pray for you and your staff during these days of funerals and grief. Is there anything specific that you need? Is there an address I can have my parishioners send some stewardship? What does your school need? (we have one here, as well who are at the ready to send cards of support) Can you send me a list of those who have died so we can remember them at our Masses? Again, thank you for being a Good Shepherd and a fine priest and don't forget to experience His care for you.
Fr Brian Clary
Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish
Have just celebrated Holy Mass with parishioners and school pupils of the parish and we had the people of West, Texas, very much in our thoughts and prayers following the devastation caused by the fire and explosion at the fertiliser plant in your town.
We commend to the mercy of God those killed by the explosion and pray for healing for those injured and bereaved.
I have a special concern for the fire fighters involved as I'm the Catholic chaplain to the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service. Please pass on my prayers and thoughts to all involved with the rescue efforts.
Fr Jim Thomson
St Joseph's Church
(Diocese of Motherwell)
Scottish Fire & Rescue Service
Dear Fr. Karasek,
I am the secretary of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wahoo Nebraska. St. Wenceslaus is an old Czech parish (in a deanery of Czech influenced parishes) and we are praying for your town in this time of crisis. We pray that Our Lord will comfort and console all who are suffering and welcome into His kingdom all who have died.
As a teenager, I had the opportunity to attend a Jr. Catholic Daughters Convention in West. The people hosted us in their homes. They were so kind and made our experience very memorable. Your community is in my thoughts and prayers. I would like to make a donation to the Church, if you could let me know how I might do so immediately without having to send a check. If it is not possible, the address where I might send my donation.
May God Bless your community.
Dr. E. Roberson Middle School
A Math, Science, and Fine Arts Academy
8th Grade U.S. History
Social Studies Department Chair
Certified Smart Notebook Trainer
8th Grade Social Studies Trainer
I’m sure y’all are inundated with calls and busy taking care of things, but please let me know if there is anything that the student center down here at A&M can do to help. Are there any supplies that y’all need? I’m sure there will be much more help needed in the months to come and I’d be happy and willing to organize a service trip there in the coming months to provide man power from our college students for the rebuilding efforts. Know that y’all are in our prayers!
United in Christ,
Campus Minister/Assistant Director of Liturgy/Accounting Assistant
St. Mary's Catholic Center
603 Church Ave
College Station, Tx 77840
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ
I wish to express my and our feelings in this time of tragedy in your town.
May all who lost their lives, their friends or relatives, their fellow parishioners or their possessions find hope and charity.
Our prayers are with you. May our compassionate God bless you, give you comfort and let compassionate care overflow.
On behalf of the faithful in this remote South African Diocese
Bishop Michael Wustenberg
Bishop of Aliwal
PO Box 27
Dear Fr. Ed, Fr. Boniface, and all staff and parishioners of St. Mary's of the Assumption Parish,
My heart and my prayers are with all of you in this time of disaster and destruction. May God grant eternal rest to all those who have died and may all of you find comfort and peace in your faith and in one another. Know that thousands of people are praying for you. The priests in the Czech Republic have also asked me to let you know that they are offering Mass for all of you and that they are praying for you as well. May Faith, Hope and Love be with you and dwell within you.
Fr. Stephen Nesrsta
First, let me offer my profound sorrow over this tragedy. I cannot imagine how the people of your community must feel.
I teach 6th grade at a Catholic all-boy K-8 school in Anaheim, Ca. When I heard about the nursing home, I just wept. My own mother passed away in one at age 96 just 4 years ago and I want to help them. What can my students and I do to help? We are not a rich population, but we could collect clothes, or whatever you think would help. We are praying for all of you.
Yours, Pattie Mallard
Here in Joplin, we understand too well what the people of West are experiencing. We want you to know that our prayers are with you. If we were younger and stronger, we would be there in person to help clean up and rebuild. Since that is not possible, we will be sending a check for you to use to help those in need.
Our sincere sympathy for all of you in West.
Jim and Carole Goff
My name is Rene Santos and I am currently a junior at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas. I am a member of our student council and we are looking to help the city of West in any way possible! We are deeply saddened to hear about the devastation and loss that took place on Wednesday night. If you could send a list of the top supplies you guys need, we will be more than happy to help you out.
Keeping your city in our prayers,
Thank you so much for having such timely information on your church homepage. Many parishes across the country are in prayerful support of West. In our weekly email to our parishioners we will link to your website for news about the community and to the Catholic Charities of Central Texas donation page for the benefit of the people of West. God bless you all.
Outreach and Stewardship
Santa Sophia Church
Dear Father Ed,
Just want you to know that I am praying for your community and your parish.
May God continue to strengthen you and your parishioners at this very difficult time.
Kind regards in the love of Jesus and Mary Immaculate,
Stephen (Cape Town, South Africa)
Dear Father Ed and Brother John,
Please know that all of us throughout the country and world are deeply saddened by your tragedy. It is a terrible loss of life and property, and must be difficult to grasp, especially for those of you in the middle of it.
We all love and care about all of you in West, Texas. We think of you and pray for you daily, even far away up here to your north, still under the snow drifts.
As an offering of healing I will be sending you each $1000 to help you with your parishioners and community members.
Please pass along our heartfelt message of hope and peace to all of you who will be working through your grief and then, through your steadfast faith in Him, begin the long and steady road to recovery.
Please also pass along our deepest sympathy to those who have suffered the loss of family members and friends, the losses that we cannot replace.
Greetings to all from Minnesota,
Please tell Fr. Ed and the school principal that I send my prayers and condolences to both the school and the parish on the tragedy that has been happening in your area all week.
I am Sister Thecla Cain, long time Superintendent of Schools and short time Chancellor for the Diocese of Austin. When I was Superintendent of schools, I serviced St. Mary’s many times a year. I have many fond memories of my visits there.
I want you to know that I, and the Sisters here, have been praying for you all week. We will continue to do so during your long recovery time.
Sister Thecla Cain
Fr. Ed, and Community of West
St. Ann's Community wants St Mary's Parishioners and the community of West to know that our prayers are with you during this difficult time. We have already said a special mass for you. We will continue supporting your community through prayer and any other way we can to help.
Fr. Ed please let me know if there is anything we can do for you.
Fraternally in Christ
Fr Nock Russell
St. Ann Catholic Church Somerville
Dear Assumption Parish,
My name is Jaime Morales and I am a deacon in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. From your web page, I see all the support that you are providing for victims of the West fertilizer explosion. I just wanted to let you know that our parish (St Jerome in Clute, Tx) is praying for you. Fr Jim Lynes, our pastor, included the community in our prayer intentions this past weekend.
I was actually traveling out of the country and still heard about the tragedy.
Again, our prayers are with you. May God bless Fr Ed, Fr Boniface and Deacon Ronnie as well as the rest of the parish and community.
Dcn. Jaime R. Morales
Dear Father Ed,
I want to express to you, the parish and the community of West my deepest condolence for the loss you have experienced this week. You have been in my thoughts and prayers in a particular way and I have felt very close to all of you.
I pray and know that God will give you the strength and courage to live through this tragedy with courage and understanding. This has occurred during the Year of Faith and the Easter Season. At the heart of our faith and the meaning of Easter is, as you know, that if we die with Him we will rise with Him. With the strong faith of the people of West, I'm sure that with the healing of time and the presence of charity among all the residence of the town that you will rise from this dark night stronger in faith, full with hope and alive in the love God has for you.
I assure you of my closeness to you as a brother in Christ. God bless you and the people of West. May Mary, Mother of the Church, walk at your side and comfort those who have lost so much.
Very sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Michael Mulvey
Bishop of Corpus Christi
I'm from Czech Republic, Dysina village near Pilsen.
I'm sorry I can not speak English - using google translator.
I heard about the tragedy in your city. We pray for your city. I learned that resides in people who have ancestors in Bohemia
We do on May 24. festival-cultural event "Night of the Churches" where we would like to remember West.
I'd met local residents with your city and people.
Thank you very much.