Bishop Requests Prayers, Calls for Collection for Earthquake Victims
In the wake of the disastrous earthquake in Haiti, Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge has requested prayers and support from the faithful of the Diocese of Raleigh for the victims of this catastrophe. In a letter to priests of the Diocese, the Bishop wrote:
“I write to you regarding the devastating earthquake that has occurred in Haiti. It appears from news reports that the toll in loss of life, human suffering and property damage is immense.
“Along with my brother Bishops from across the country, I ask that you offer your parishioners an opportunity to contribute to a collection this weekend for earthquake humanitarian relief efforts....
“Please join me in offering prayers of condolence for those who have died and for those who have been greatly impacted by this disaster, and also in offering prayers of support for the relief efforts that are already underway.”
The proceeds from the collection will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services, which is the international relief arm of the Catholic Church.
God of all creation, as we weep with our family in Haiti, console us.
In this time of crisis, open our eyes to look beyond the disaster to see Christ in our brothers and sisters in Haiti, as Christ sees us.
Be with us as we stand in solidarity with those living and working in Haiti.
Be with us in our mourning and guide our efforts to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort the grieving and stand for justice.
With your mercy, sustain us at this time as we continue to work for peace and justice.