Archbishop Rodi, others to take part in Biloxi Katrina observance

Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of the Archdiocese of Mobile will be among those participating in a ceremony to mark the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on the Town Green on Friday at 8 a.m.

Rodi will deliver the opening prayer in the 30-minute multi-denominational observance and will be joined by a half-dozen other clergy members and the choir of Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church.

Students from Biloxi and St. Patrick high schools will read the names of the 51 identified victims of Katrina in Biloxi.

Others scheduled to offer prayers during the cermeony: Pastor Harold Roberts of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Pastor Eric Dickey of First Missionary Baptist Church, Lori Beth Susman of Temple Beth Israel, Pastor Lindsey Robinson of St. Paul United Methodist Church and Pastor Argile Smith of First Baptist Church of Biloxi.

Seating will be provided for the Town Green observance.

Among the other Katrina-related events planned for Friday:

—‘Katrina & Biloxi’: The City of Biloxi and Cable One, as part of continuing outreach efforts to educate residents about the dangers of storms and flooding, will once again air the award-winning documentary “Katrina & Biloxi” at 8:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Cable 13. The program will be available for free to all Cable One subscribers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. For more about the 50-minute documentary, click here.

—East Biloxi walk: The Catholic churches of east Biloxi will stage a Katrina Walk again this year to mark the third anniversary of the storm. The 5 p.m. walk will begin at Our Mothers of Sorrows Catholic Church on Division Street and will follow a route that includes Blessed Francis Seelos Catholic Church, Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church and ending at St. Michael Catholic Church. A decade of the Rosary will be prayed at each church. Transportation will be provided to those unable to walk the route. Details: 435-0007.

—Biloxi Bay Bridge Walk and Canned Food drive: Residents are encouraged to join VIPs and elected officials in walking the bridge anytime during the day. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., canned goods will be collected for Salvation Army and The Lord is My Help. Sponsored by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Coast Young Professionals, Sun Herald/beach blvd., and the cities of Biloxi and Ocean Springs.

News and notes

Meeting moved: A special council meeting for this afternoon at 3:30 to discuss the FY ’09 municipal budget has been postponed until Tuesday morning at 9.

Finale: This City of Biloxi e-mail represents the final transmission of Storm Recovery News. After more than two million e-mails since Katrina, you’ll be seeing a new look and new name for the service, Bmail, this afternoon.