From the Office for Peace and Justice of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago:
Just a few days ago, a storm of tremendous size and impact, Typhoon Haiyan, has passed over the Philippines, killing nearly 10,000 of our Filipino brothers and sisters and with more than 600,000 displaced. Unfortunately, the region is barely recovering from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake just three weeks ago and there is a shortage of supplies.
Typhoon Haiyan is the equivalent to a category 5 hurricane and the impact from the storm has left the Philippines and nearby islands with no water, shelter, or electricity. CRS will prioritize emergency shelter, water and sanitation, household relief items (blankets, kitchen items, cookware), potable water, and toilets in this time of emergency. Catholic Relief Services is working with the local government, Caritas and local parishes to maximize response and recovery efforts to reach those most affected by this destructive storm.
To support CRS respond to this emergency in the Philippines, please make a donation which can be sent to:
ATTN: Typhoon Haiyan Philippines Emergency Appeal
Catholic Relief Services
3525 S. Lake Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653
Checks can be made out to Catholic Relief Services and Memo – “Philippines Relief”
We thank you in advance for your gracious generosity. Please find the following prayers for your use.
Prayer of Intercession:
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, 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, through 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.
Prayers of the Faithful:
For the people of the Philippines and all affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
For their protection and their comfort, and that we may stand with them
in their time of trouble, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
Bulletin or Website Blurb:
Millions of our brothers and sisters in the Philippines 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 by visiting www.ChicagoPeaceAndJustice.org/PhilippinesRelief.