The Mission Hub

The Pontifical Mission Societies include the Society for the
Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Society of St.Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. These Societies promote a prayerfulmissionary spirit among baptized Catholics and to gather a fund of support for the evangelizing and pastoral programs of more than 1,150 local churches of the Developing World.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rebuilding the Philippines

As the world watches and waits for more detailed reports, news from the Philippines is beginning to emerge in clearer detail about the magnitude of the disaster that was Super Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda.  The death toll, sure to rise once roads are reopened and the true devastation can be assessed, will be calculated in the tens of thousands; the loss of homes, possessions and livelihoods are incalculable in a country where the average income is only $4500 a year.

Caritas International, a Vatican-based confederation of humanitarian agencies of the Catholic Church, reported that more than 9.5 million people are in need of aid and 600,000 people have been forced from their homes.  The most urgent priorities were emergency shelter, water and sanitation, household items like blankets, kitchen and cookware, potable water and toilets.
Photo Courtesy of PMS Philippines.
Fr. Socrates C. Mesiona, MSP, the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the Philippines has made a plea for all of us to help the population of the Philippines rebuild their lives: “We continue to ask for prayer and also for you to provide assistance to our countrymen affected by Typhoon "Yolanda". By the grace of God, we express our sincere prayers to you for your response. Each one of you is our ally!"

The Holy Father, Pope Francis called on everyone to join him as he reached out in prayer and material help “for these brothers and sisters (…) let’s try also to make our concrete help reach them.”  To that end, Cardinal Seรกn has authorized a special collection to be taken up this weekend (November 16-17) in all parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston in support of the critical humanitarian relief efforts to those affected areas in the Philippines and also Viet Nam.  All monies collected will be distributed by Catholic Relief Services. Please be as generous as your means allow.

Know that when the immediate humanitarian crisis is over, our One Family in Mission, the Pontifical Mission Societies, will still be there on the ground helping to rebuild the churches, schools, orphanages, hospitals and faith formation programs that the people of the Philippines count on daily. With your continued support, we will help them rebuild the Church of the Philippines.

In the mean time, please continue to pray for the victims of Haiyan, perhaps by saying the World Mission Rosary with a special focus on the yellow beads for Asia.
-Maureen Crowley Heil


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