Sunday, May 14, 2006

Our Lady of The Gulf Church

3/18/07 To volunteer through OLG, go to the site they have set up just for this!
Cindy Lederer at 414-828-5905 or

Harold Lederer at 414-828-7655 Brian Milner at 228-216-0707 or
Calendar of volunteers:

Their March '07 Newsletter:

6/28/06 - From the Sea Coast Echo
Our Lady of the Gulf is "Still Crabbin'" – the theme of the 23rd annual Crab Festival, representative of the church's dedication to keep Crab Fest going. It will run June 30-July 2, from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. It will be held at the usual festival grounds on South Beach. Parking will be available at the St. Stanislaus school. Over sixty vendors have already registered, and more are signing up each day, event Chairwoman Pam Metzler said. The festival will feature rides and other attractions, as well as cotton candy, live music and plenty of seafood."It's huge; Crab Fest is one of the biggest outdoor events on the Coast. The food's going to be better than ever."All proceeds will benefit the purchase of new equipment for Our Lady, as all of the equipment it had was lost or destroyed."Any proceeds go to what we have to replace, because we lost all of our equipment," Metzler said. Despite many factors caused by Katrina, Metzler said she has high hopes for the festival's turnout.

5/28 - Our Lady of The Gulf has fully revamped their website! Very cool. The following is a site they made through for parishioners' needs to be placed. You can sort by single, married, family, etc. if there is a specific demographic you'd like to assist.
The following is for Parish Campus - I hope the link comes through ok. It's pretty long...

Needs List

CASH - Cash donations are always accepted. When submitting a cash donation, please let us know what you would like your donation to be used for by selecting an option from the list below.
Tuition assistance for a child.
Putting a new roof on a house.
Other building supplies.
Feeding a family for a week/month.
The OLG parish rebuilding efforts for building/grounds.
Refueling propane tanks for FEMA trailers.
Other _________________________
VEHICLES - Do you have a car sitting around that you no longer need? If so, please consider donating it to a family that no longer has a working vehicle. Pick-up trucks and/or used jeeps are also extremely valuable for hauling debris and rebuilding materials.
HOUSING - Do you have an RV you're not using, a rental unit that is available? Temporary housing is still needed and very much appreciated.
To donate directly to Our Lady of the Gulf parish, contact: Fr. Mike Tracey, Pastor. Email:
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Gifts for Parishioners -

You can find out how to help a SPECIFIC family in need. Once you have chosen a family, click on the "Gift List" tab on the top tool bar to view their list.

The Press Release Re: the My Registry Set Up.

MyRegistry.Com Announces Donation Registry for Katrina Victims
Eight Months Later, Help Still Needed to Rebuild Lives

New York, NY (PR WEB) – May 2, 2006 -- Eight months after Katrina,, the ultimate global gift registry, announced today a new way to help victims of the storm, who continue to need substantial assistance to rebuild their towns, schools and homes. “The Gift of Hope” Registry ( matches needy individuals and institutions with potential donors using state of the art gift registry technology. formed a partnership with Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Mississippi to help those living in the region devastated by Katrina. Together they worked with local volunteers to create registries for victims to inform the public directly of their needs and their personal situations. Through the web site, donors can purchase items directly for those who
need them the most.

Similar to a bridal registry where visitors select a gift from a registry and purchase it online, visitors to “The Gift of Hope” Registry can select a family or person to help, review their registry and purchase a gift online. From mattresses to circular saws, towels, to even refrigerators, the Gift Lists are personalized and needed. Gift Lists also include Parish needs for the Church, the Girls and Boys High Schools, Elementary School and Community Center.

For people that want to help residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast rebuild and who may not be able to volunteer in person, the site simplifies and personalizes the process of giving. More than 130 families are participating and have created gift list registries.

“I want to thank and all the people that enabled this program,” said Fr. Michael Tracey, pastor of Our Lady of the Gulf Church, “starting with Mr. Berkowitz, founder of, and the volunteers that spent untold hours registering and helping some people use technology for the first time. This project has been one more example of the
goodness of people, and the work we can do together.”

“I loved this idea from the moment the Parish contacted us,” said MyRegistry’s Founder, Oded Berkowitz. “Gift registries are not just for weddings and baby showers, but for any gift giving occasion. We can tell the world exactly what these families need, and people can help them without a middle man, right at this moment. I think that is the kind of charitable giving that anyone can relate to, and I am happy that can participate and help”

About is the ultimate online registry for all gift-giving needs, where users can add items to their registry from literally any store in the world. It is ideally suited for weddings, baby showers, graduations, confirmations, birthdays, bar mitzvahs, sweet sixteen parties, or any occasion one can think of! Easy to navigate and fun to use, is the perfect way to register for all the important events in your life!

About Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church

Our Lady of the Gulf is a Catholic Community of 2,000 families (pre-Katrina) within the Diocese of Biloxi, with a tradition of faith and endurance since its founding in 1847. Inspired by this heritage, we accept God’s call to grow as a community of faith, love and compassion, modeled on the ministry of Jesus Christ. By caring for the spiritual needs of all parishioners and embracing new members to our Parish family, we endeavor to put our Catholic faith into action through service to each other and our community.

Media Contacts
Our Lady of the Gulf Church
Laura Field
Oded Berkowitz

Any gift cards to Lowes, Home Depot, etc. will be most appreciated.
Please Mail them to:
228 South Beach Blvd.
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520-4320

If you personally would like assist in the rebuilding of this community, here’s what you do…Contact either:

Dan Quinn at either
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or 412-996-9670

Brian Milner at either
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or 228-216-0707

You’ll need to bring some ‘stuff’ with you.

Clothes: Depending on what time of year you go, it could be shorts and t-shirts, or it could be coats and hats. And be sure to have appropriate working clothes if possible, sturdy shoes, gloves, long pants and raingear.
Food:There are now a few local restaurants open including Sonic, Wendy's, Sicily's pizza Buffet and a few local family restaurants. Please plan for your own meals, we do enjoy some pot lucks when we can! A Wal-mart Express recently opened with the basic food necessities and two convince stores are open.
Camping supplies:There is a large area on the OLG campus that is now barren and can be used for a camping area. There are working restrooms on the grounds, and you’ll be close to where the help is needed.
Personal hygiene:You’ll have access to a shower, but it’s located in the gymnasium of the school. The shower water is no longer ice cold! But you’ll need a towel and soap etc…
Tools:The tools needed depend on what skills you are bringing with you. Dan Quinn, the onsite coordinator, will be able to provide additional insight on what you’ll be working on when you’re down there.
Spirit:A smile and a cheery hello will make someone’s day down at Bay St. Louis. These people have NOTHING to smile about, so give ‘em one of yours!

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