STATEMENT FROM THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS IN JAMAICA
The Roman Catholic Church in Jamaica shares the pain and suffering of our brothers and sisters who are coming to terms with the destruction of property, personal injury and loss of life resulting from the earthquake in Haiti on Tuesday, January 12.
As an expression of solidarity, Masses have been offered for the repose of the souls of those who died, and we request continued prayers for those who are left behind, that God will comfort and strengthen them and send quick assistance to alleviate their suffering. A special Mass will be offered at Sts. Peter & Paul Church on Sunday, January 17 at 9.00 a.m. for the people of Haiti. The Ambassador of Haiti and his staff and other members of the Diplomatic Corps have been invited to attend.
Our contribution to the international effort of relief and support will take the form of accepting financial contributions through 2nd collections in all Catholic Churches on January 17 and 24. All cheques, including those that may be left at the various Chanceries, are to be made out to:
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kingston/Haiti
Roman Catholic Bishop of Montego Bay/Haiti
Roman Catholic Bishop of Mandeville/Haiti
Our Catholic Schools are also taking up collections for the relief effort.
The Catholic Church in Jamaica, as it prays and offers help, encourage all to support the united effort to help in the rebuilding of the livelihood of our Haitian neighbours.
Most Rev. Donald J. Reece, D.D.
Archbishop of Kingston
Most Rev. Charles H. Dufour, D.D.
Bishop of Montego Bay
Most Rev. Neil Tiedemann, C.P., D.D.
Bishop of Mandeville
January 15, 2010
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