Thursday, October 8, 2009

Statement of Bishop Barnes on Asia-Pacific disasters

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I ask you to please join me in prayer for all of those affected by the natural disasters that have occurred recently in the Asia-Pacific region of the world. We ask God to bless and strengthen our brothers and sisters in the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Samoa and Tonga as they endure the loss and continued threat of these disasters. We also extend, in a special way, our prayer and support to the Asian-Pacific Islander communities in our diocese who are more directly impacted by these events. Through our diocesan Mission Office, I am encouraging our parishes to take a second collection in the coming weeks so that we can also help bear the cost of relief and recovery efforts that are being coordinated by Catholic Relief Services.

In Christ,
Most Reverend Gerald R. Barnes

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