At the encouragement of Bishop Brandt and the bishops of the United States, we will be taking a special second collection on the weekend of November 23 & 24 for disaster relief in the Philippine Islands.  As you probably know, a part of that nation was devastated with what in recorded history was the strongest winds and a great sea surge in the recent storm that battered that part of the world.

As you also know, we have five priests from the Philippines serving in our Diocese.  None of their immediate families were seriously impacted by the storm, for which we are very grateful.  Please pray for those who have lost their lives, those who have lost loved ones, those struggling to exist without food, water and shelter, and those who have lost everything but faith and hope.

Please come prepared this weekend to be as generous as is possible in this second collection – a way of sharing our Thanksgiving.

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