Praying in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Philippines

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We see rubble and ruins everywhere but we see faith, hope and love and it’s making us stronger people. I want to thank the Holy Father, everyone… for for remembering us and trying their best to reach out, in the name of the victims and the poor, we really thank you."
Cardinal Tagle of Manila

Despite the heavy rains last night, hundreds of people gathered at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta to pray for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

On Monday, Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher celebrated a mass for the people of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. The cathedral was packed with Filipinos and non-Filipinos, all gathered together to pray for those who had died, and for those who were still suffering from the destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan.

In the homily, Filipino Chaplaincy Co-ordinator Fr Ruben Elago MSP described the importance of the community having the opportunity to gather together to grieve and support each other. Western Sydney has a large Filipino community, with one in five Catholics in the diocese being either Filipino born or a child of Filipino-Australians.

Sr Louise McKeogh, the Parramatta Diocesan Director for Caritas was at the mass. “What struck me most about last night’s Mass was that, apart from it being a time to mourn and grieve, there was also a great sense of hope. That comes from the strong sense of community the Filipino people have, and from the call in last night’s homily to compassion for our neighbours,” she said.

During the mass, a special collection was taken up for the emergency response to the typhoon, with funds to be directed to Caritas Australia’s Typhoon Haiyan appeal. Caritas Australia’s emergency response has so far helped 93,000 families, providing food aid and emergency relief items such as hygiene packs and emergency shelter.

Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral

Praying in solidarity with our Filipino brothers and sisters

In the Philippines, the Bishops Conference called for a novena (nine days of prayer) for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan from 11 to 19 November.

To mark the final day of the novena today, we would like to share the prayer below, which is based on the words of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila. We welcome all in our community to pray in solidarity with our Filipino brothers and sisters.

Prayer for the Philippines

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Learn more about Caritas Australia's Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Response »

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