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posted Nov 22, 2013, 12:52 PM by Church Office   [ updated Nov 22, 2013, 12:52 PM ]

In a letter distributed to each parish in our diocese, Bishop Mark wrote, "The whole world has seen images of the destruction and the lack of human resources caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. This typhoon was the strongest cyclone on record to have made landfall anywhere in the world. Thousands have lost their lives; millions more are suffering the consequences of destruction, especially the lack of food, water, shelter, sanitation, and medical care. With such a storm there is destruction of the infrastructure as well--electricity, communications, and transportation. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) was among the first responders in providing relief in the Philippines.

"Therefore, I am asking that a special collection be taken up in all parishes in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on the weekend of November 30th-December 1st. This will be part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' sponsored Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Collection that is going on across the United States. The proceeds of this special collection will provide direct assistance to those who are suffering from the Typhoon.

"I know there are numerous requests for financial assistance at this time of year. But as the weekend of our national observance of Thanksgiving approaches, please reflect on your own blessings and how appropriate it will be for us to respond to the needs of our brothers and sisters in the Philippines. I am grateful for the encouragement that you will give to the people of the Philippines with your generous response to this special need."