This weekend, November 16 and 17, a second collection will be taken at all Masses for Catholic Relief Services. Funds will go toward emergency relief for the millions of our brothers and sisters in the Philippines who have been devastatingly affected by Typhoon Haiyan. As the country struggles amongst the devastation of this storm, please consider making a donation to assist local relief groups who will provide clean water, emergency shelter and basic sanitation. You can donate in the collection basket this weekend or donate online using GiveCentral via the Office for Peace and Justice or through the Catholic Relief Services website.
Please pray for the people of the Philippines and for those who will help them recover from this tragedy.
|God, who quiets great winds and stills rough seas,
we ask your protection for the people of the Philippines.
Comfort them in their fear.
Stay close to them in their danger.
And we ask the intercession of Your Blessed Mother,
Mary, Queen of Angels, that together with her
and with all your holy saints, we may stand in solidarity
with our Filipino brothers and sisters through
their darkest hour, their longest night.
Give us the courage to remain steadfast
to reach out to them in their need,
to comfort them in their sorrow,
to hold them as closely as you hold them,
to see them through to morning. Amen.