Wednesday, August 1, 2007

35W Birdge Collapse

For those who haven't heard, the 35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed around 6:00 PM. Let us all remember those, both living and dead, in our prayers.

Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.

**Update: Here is an email from a Parishioner:

PCI, the company doing the resurfacing of the bridge, is located in St. Michael, and still has not accounted for one of 18 workers. The rest "rode it" down safely. My husband [Husband's Name] & I have been paramedics with HCMC for about 20 years each, so we have many friends involved in this effort. [Husband's Name], now a Metro Transit police officer, was on his regular shift, and has been at the scene since it happened. Please offer frequent prayers for the poor souls, any surviving victims, the families & the workers who continue down there.
Again, let's keep them all in our prayers.

**Update #2: Just got to work...

My company sits right next to the 35W bridge (north side). If you've watched the news at all, I'm sure you've seen the building. Part of the bridge that collapsed actually landed in one of our parking areas. The trip in wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, but I'm guessing that many people decided to take the day off. I talked to one of the guys who was working last night and he said that when the bridge collapsed it sounded like a huge thunder storm followed by a vibration that made the building tremble.

Actually standing here looking at the bridge takes your breath away.

**Update #3: Archdiocese responds to Minnesota bridge collapse, holds prayer service

From CNA:

Responding to the collapse of the 35 West bridge in Minneapolis during yesterday’s rush hour, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is holding a prayer service for the victims of the disaster.

The prayer service is open to anyone who would like to come and pray for the victims. There will be two prayer services in the Twin Cities. The Minneapolis service will be held at St. Olaf Catholic Church downtown and the St. Paul service will be at the Cathedral of St. Paul both at noon on Thursday, August 2, 2007.

The archdiocese says prayers of thanks also will be offered for survivors and rescuers.

What a great response.

1 comment:

MrsMom said...

I have been watching a lot of the coverage . . . that is something else. The people involved will definately be in my prayers for a long time to come.