Father David Bergeron of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, was returning from watching the big Mayweather v. McGregor fight and ended up stuck in the storm and sleeping in his truck. He had to use his kayak to get home, and tried to buy supplies to say Mass for others stranded. However, the law against alcohol sales before noon on Sundays got in the way.
As Houston continues to be pounded by rainfall related to Hurricane Harvey, a Catholic priest returning from watching the big fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor Saturday night couldn’t get home, and spent the night sleeping in his truck on an overpass.
On Sunday Morning, he woke up ready to do what every priest does that day, which is to say Sunday Mass. In his case, however, his conveyance to get there was a little unusual: He used a kayak to navigate the city’s flooded streets, hoping to find people stranded along the way. He saw many Hispanics stranded, and was drawn to them as there are many Hispanics who attend services at his parish.
Father David Bergeron of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, in an interview with a local Houston ABC affiliate station told a reporter,
“I’m French Canadian …. this is how the Americas were evangelized, with a canoe.”
Technically, of course, it wasn’t a canoe but a kayak, but for Bergeron the spirit’s the same.
“I hope that can bring a smile to a few people, and obviously I’m praying for everyone who is in need,” he said.
His plan to say Mass was complicated when he found an open liquor store, went in to buy wine for the liturgy, and found that it’s illegal to buy alcohol before noon on a Sunday in Houston. Laughing, he said that he didn’t usually buy alcohol in the morning, so he didn’t know the rule.
Afterwards, he said, he didn’t have enough time to gather people for Mass before he had to get to the location for his interview, since images of him paddling up and down flooded streets had already made him something of a local insta-celebrity.
He said he was getting texts from parishioners who had seen him on TV, and who told him,
“I guess we’re alive, and the Lord is alive, and the Lord is always with us as well.”