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Information Regarding Railway Disaster

Our Lady of Lourdes


Catholic Diocese of Youngstown

Continued prayers are requested for those around the train derailment in East Palestine.

Fr. David Misbrener, pastor of the Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Jude Parishes, was recently interviewed by OSV News. You can read that article online at:

National Catholic Reporter

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Emergency Proclamation

In accordance with the village regulation concerning the evacuation order and the declaration of emergency for the village of East Palestine, 8:30 am mass for tomorrow (Sunday February 5th) at Our Lady of Lourdes is cancelled.

Although there will be dispensation, Father David encourages you attend mass at St. Jude this evening (Saturday February 4th at 4:00pm) or tomorrow morning (Sunday, February 5th at 11:00 am). He also encourages attendance to Our Lady of Lourdes special feast day mass this Friday, February 10th at 6 pm.

Please pray for the safety all involved during this emergency. 




Our Lady of Lourdes church hall will be open to EP residents affected by the train derailment from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Saturday, February 18 for water, food, and other necessities.

Our Lady of Lourdes church in EP @ 11:30-12:30 Free Community Meal. Inviting all Police officers, fire fighters, & EMS. All are welcome. Take a break come enjoy some down time. Please pass the word!

"The hand of was...present for us, you know, that there was no one killed, that there was no loss of life," added pastor Fr. David Misbrener. "And the damage and property, that all can be replaced."
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Some 7 months after East Palestine derailment, neighbors raise new contamination concerns


As Sept. 3 marks seven months since the fiery train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, some neighbors are raising new contamination concerns in the area.

"We're poking in the side walls, and chemicals are just oozing out, some of the worst we've seen in six months," resident Rick Tsai said of a local creek.


Over the weekend, Tsai recorded a video from Leslie Run, a waterway that runs through the town. As he poked soil into the water, the video appeared to show a substance rising to the water's surface. It's unclear what that substance is.

It comes after storms over the weekend and amid ongoing construction of a small bridge over the stream in the East Palestine City Park. Tsai said he worries the combination of the two is showing contamination in the area.

"I propose that if they took a shovel full anywhere along these miles of banks, they would find these chemicals, and that's what the frightening thing is to us residents," he said.

Pittsburgh's Action News 4 reached out to the Ohio Department of Transportation, which is involved in the bridge project administration because of federal funding that is involved, asking if the department has seen any issues related to chemicals.

"Since this was first brought to our attention in early August, we have been working with all applicable state and federal agencies and the village’s contractor to ensure that any debris from the bridge project complies with all regulations and permits," a spokesperson responded via an email statement. "As a precaution, the contractor has added reinforcement containment to ensure no additional materials enter the waterway. A bypass system has also been installed to route water from the creek around the construction site."

In an update late last week, the Environmental Protection Agency said sediment sampling is complete in Leslie Run, and surface water sample collection and fish surveys are continuing.

"Results will be used to assess the impact from the derailment on the streams," the update reads.

East Palestine train derailment: New contamination concerns (

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