14 January 2010

Our help is needed...

This message went to all of our Academy families today:
Dear Atonement Family:

By now, all of us are aware of the devastating earthquake which leveled the capital of our Caribbean neighbors in Haiti. Among the many thousands who died under the rubble of collapsing buildings were young seminarians and priests, as well as Archbishop Joseph Miot. Port-au-Prince’s Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady – a beautiful domed church – was totally destroyed, as were all major churches in the city.

Archbishop Gomez has asked that the parishes take up a collection for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) – a charitable organization which is already on the ground in Port-au-Prince with hundreds of aid workers. This collection will take place on Sunday, Jan. 17, and Sunday, Jan. 24 at Our Lady of the Atonement. If you wish to include your donation in this collection, and do not attend Mass here, please drop your offering at the school office, or send it to us by mail at 15415 Red Robin, 78255.

Additionally, there will be a container in the academy lobby for the donations of our students. This container will be there, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19 through Friday, Jan. 22.

We will combine all these contributions into one check and send that directly to CRS for Haitian relief efforts. At this time, clean water and food are badly needed.

Pope Benedict said “I appeal to the generosity of everyone, so that our brothers and sisters receive our concrete solidarity and effective support in this moment of need and suffering.”

While the gargantuan effort to rebuild this city will take years, if not decades, let us pray for these people now that they remain close to God, and know the consolation of His love for each of them.
As is mentioned in the letter, we'll be collecting donations through Sunday, 24th January, and we'll send the total amount to Catholic Relief Services.