Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, April 26, 2018

20131112cnsbr2540 webTyphoon victims wait in line for free rice at a businessman's warehouse in Tacloban, Philippines, which was devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan. (CNS photo/Erik De Castro, Reuters)

 HARTFORD – Parishes across the Archdiocese of Hartford will take up a special collection to assist Catholic Relief Services in its response to the destruction that Typhoon Haiyan has wreaked on the Philippines.

Catholic Relief Services, in cooperation with its partners, will provide tens of thousands of families with shelter, essential living supplies and clean water and sanitation.

The devastating storm has injured at least 2,500 people and displaced over half a million from their homes. Current reports have the death toll at 2,000 people, but government officials fear that the final toll may be as high as 10,000.

“The death and destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan is beyond comprehension. It is probably the worst natural disaster to strike in modern history. Please keep our brothers and sisters of the Philippines in your prayers, and reach out to them in any way that you can,” said Archbishop Henry J. Mansell.

He has asked parishes to schedule special collections at Masses at their earliest convenience.

WJMJ, the Catholic radio station of the archdiocese, interrupted its semiannual Radio-thon on Nov. 11 to collect money for the victims of the typhoon. Listeners contributed $31,000 that will be sent to Catholic Relief Services.

“Our Radio-thon is essential to keeping our station on the air,” said Father John Gatzak, general manager of WJMJ, “but the needs of victims left hurt, homeless and hungry by this natural disaster is immediate. We’ll figure out a way to make up for this lost time in our fund-raising after we serve people who need our help now.”

People also may donate to Catholic Relief Services online at