Second Collection for the Philippines

November 14, 2013 News

As you know, late last week Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines, leaving a wide swath of destruction and human suffering. Nearly 2,500 people are confirmed dead so far, and tens of thousands are still missing. The situation remains catastrophic now, as civil and religious leaders strive to assist the myriad victims and provide access to basic necessities such as shelter, clothing, medical care and food. Hundreds of thousands are displaced.

On Sunday, Pope Francis prayed for the deceased and the suffering, telling pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square, “I wish to express my closeness to the people of the Philippines and of that region. Unfortunately, there are many victims and the damage is enormous. We pray now in silence … for our brothers and sisters, and we will seek to also send concrete help.”

In light of this terrible disaster and the Holy Father’s call, as well as our diocesan family’s deep connection to the Filipino Americans community, Bishop Loverde instructs all parishes to conduct a second collection this weekend (November 16-17). The proceeds of this collection will be provided to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to assist its Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines. The collection may also assist with CRS’s efforts to provide aid to the storm’s victims in Vietnam and elsewhere in the region as may be needed, as well as the long-term need to rebuild the Church after widespread destruction.