Memorial Mass for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan

18/11/2013

Typhoon Haiyan Memorial Mass News Story
Photography: Alphonsus Fok

The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, will celebrate a Memorial Mass for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan today at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.

During the Mass there will be a collection for survivors of the typhoon. Donations will be forwarded to Caritas Australia, the Catholic international aid and development organisation.

This disaster has been deeply felt in the Diocese of Parramatta, which takes in much of Western Sydney where one in five Catholics is either Filipino born or a child of Filipino-Australians.

The Caritas network, the second largest humanitarian network in the world, is coordinating with the Philippine Government, the United Nations and other humanitarian groups, focusing its emergency response on shelter and hygiene, and household kits.

Caritas will deliver more than 4000 temporary shelters to families in the poorest villages of Ormoc where 80-90% of homes have been decimated.

In Palo, 15km south of the Province capital city of badly affected Tacloban, Caritas has set up an office in a Catholic cathedral building where shelter, water, hygiene and cooking kits can be distributed. It is also serving as a refuge for homeless families.

The Archbishop of Palo, John Du, said, “When you stand on the hill at my place in Palo, you look down and what you see is like a valley of death, as if a bomb has been dropped. Almost everything is destroyed. In spite of that we are still hopeful; we will rise from this ordeal, because of the support of our neighbouring dioceses, provinces and countries.”

Donations can also be made online to Caritas Australia: www.caritas.org.au


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