Coast Catholics Gather For Spiritual Tradition

With bowed heads and sincere hearts, Catholics from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast gathered for their annual devotion in honor of the Virgin Mary.

"The Scripture records that Mary, even in the darkest times didn't give up, that she stayed there with the Apostles through the darkest times after Good Friday, knowing that God was not going to abandon them, but the Holy Spirit came upon them at Pentecost and sent them forth. And we're convinced that we're to trust in God's faithfulness too. That he's going be with us during these dark days of recovery," said Bishop Thomas Rodi of the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi.

Those are the words of inspiration Bishop Thomas Rodi gave to the congregation in this aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in a special mass of peace.

The service is usually held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, but since the coliseum suffered damage during the storm, it was relocated here to St. James.

"To my knowledge, this was the largest group since Katrina of people from throughout South Mississippi gathered together in prayer saying Dear Lord we know we need you, we thank you for your blessings, continue to be on our road to recovery," said Bishop Rodi.

The bishop says on our road to recovery it is important to maintain a grateful heart and to acknowledge the numerous blessings we already have.

Only then can depression begin to disappear and hope comes into view for South Mississippi.

"Every storm ends, and good things happen," said Bishop Rodi.

This was the 28th year for the rally and special mass.