11/13/2013 10:27:00 AM Mass for Philippines
Archbishop to preside
Catholic News Service photos
An injured mother carries her son at a Catholic church serving as an evacuation center in Tacloban, Philippines, Nov. 13. Desperation gripped islands devastated by Typhoon Haiyan as survivors panicked over delays in supplies of food, water and medicine, some digging up underground water pipes and smashing them open. Survivors in remote regions had yet to receive aid days after one of the strongest storms ever recorded roared over cities and towns in the central Philippines.
A girl transfers drinking water she collected from a faucet Nov. 12 after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban, Philippines. Aid agencies faced challenges getting food and water to the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos affected by the storm.
In response to the needs of the people of the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, the Filipino Catholic Community of Oregon and SW Washington is holding a Mass at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 at St. Clare Church, 8535 SW 19th Ave. in Portland.
Archbishop Alexander Sample will preside at the liturgy with Filipino priests of the archdiocese concelebrating.
The community will pray for those who have died, those who are missing, and those whose lives have been changed. It will also be an opportunity to give thanks to God for the compassion that people have shown as they pour out donations help victims.
The community will present the various efforts that are already underway and propose concrete ways to offer assistance. There will be an opportunity after Mass to share stories and resources at a cookie and coffee fellowship in the Parish Hall.
Archbishop Sample issued a statement on the crisis: “I call upon Catholics of the archdiocese to pray for those affected by this tragedy, and to offer financial support by being generous in special collections that will be taken up in parishes for Catholic Relief Services effort in the Philippines.”
The Filipino Catholic Community of Oregon and SW Washington was organized in 1997 to gather community members, to collaborate, and to celebrate in the spirit of their Catholic faith and common Filipino heritage.