Super Typhoon Haiyan, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 195 miles per hour, slammed into the Philippines on the island of Samar the evening of November 7, 2013 and hit Vietnam on Sunday, November 9. The storm has killed an estimated 10,000 people, and local officials report approximately 9.5 million people have been affected.
Catholic Relief Services, in cooperation with partners, will provide 100,000 families with shelter, essential living supplies and clean water and sanitation. CRS will continue to identify the most vulnerable communities that need assistance and will also be involved with energy and efforts to the long-term diocesan rebuilding efforts.
CRS desperately needs our help so that people and communities in most in need can be helped. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has appealed to all bishops. And so while emphasizing the importance of collections already scheduled, I am asking that all parishes consider adding a special collection to benefit Super Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts between now and Christmas. As with previous large-scale relief requests, make the check payable to the Diocese of Davenport with ‘CRS Typhoon Relief’ on the memo line.
Thank you for your consideration and please continue to pray for those affected by the typhoon.
Sincerely in Christ,
(St. Alphonsus and St. Peter's will have a special collection on November 23-24)