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Bishop Burbidge Celebrates Mass for People of Haiti

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On Tuesday, January 19, Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Mass for the People of Haiti; the victims, their families and the survivors of the devastating earthquake that brought death and destruction to the impoverished island nation.

Bishop Burbidge cited the words of one survivor, who spoke of the numerous catastrophes that have plagued the island nation and its people. The survivor said, Haitians always regain hope, “For Haitians, love is stronger.”

Bishop Burbidge addressed the question that arises following this type of disaster; why do events such as this happen to good people? Stating it’s a mystery that is difficult to understand, the Bishop said, “We find guidance, comfort and enlightenment in God’s holy Word, in the Sacraments and in the teachings of the Church.”

“It is love that will ignite the hope of the Haitians in this dire time of need:” Bishop Burbidge added, “the love of good people throughout the world, reflected in the help and prayers we offer.”

This past weekend, parishes throughout the Diocese took a second collection to help the Haitian people. The donations will be sent to Catholic Relief Services, the international aid agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which has been providing assistance to tens of thousands of survivors in the hours immediately following the earthquake. The agency is providing daily updates of the relief efforts on its web site, www.crs.org.  Visitors can make a donation on the site that will help CRS provide both immediate and long-term assistance to the Haitian people.

Above: Bishop Burbidge celebrating Mass for People of Haiti at Sacred Heart Cathedral.