Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Prayers needed for the People of Haiti

By Bishop Gerald Barnes
Diocese of San Bernardino

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I ask that you join me today in prayer for the people of Haiti as they endure the devastating impact of the earthquake that struck their country yesterday. May God's strength and mercy be with them as they mourn the loss of loved ones and attempt to cope with the destruction of their homes and communities. May the souls of those lost to the earthquake rest eternally with our Lord. We also ask God to accompany and guide those who will take on the enormous task of relief and recovery from this disaster. As we are all part of one human family, we share in the pain of our Haitian brothers and sisters and with them we hope for relief and healing.

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Editor's note: Bishop Barnes has asked the parishes to take a second collection during Mass this weekend to help in the post-earthquake relief efforts.

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