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Haitian Devastation

" is Biblical, the tragedy that continues to daunt Haiti and the Haitian people.  It is so tragic."
- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, remarks on the Haitian earthquake, January 13, 2010
Dear Friend,

A tragedy of biblical proportions makes the challenges we face seem small in comparison.  What little infrastructure Haiti had before the earthquake has been decimated.  The limited clean water and food for survival, loss of electricity and communications, and destroyed hospitals are only the beginning of the devastation.  There are an estimated 50,000 dead - or more.

Catholic Democrats wanted to share with you the prayer below for our brothers and sisters in Haiti.  It was offered by Fr. Jean Jadotte, associate pastor of Notre Dame D'Haiti Parish in Miami.  Please pray, if only for a minute.

Also below are links to three trusted humanitarian agencies providing aid to our brethren in Haiti who have such dire needs right now.  Please give, if only a dollar.

Thank you.

In solidarity with our human family,

Patrick Whelan MD PhD
Suzanne Morse
Lisa Schare
Steve Krueger

"Lord Hear Our Prayers"

candle light-We are praying for hope despite this situation, that even as we face darkness, people may see a pinpoint of light.
-Praying for families.
-Pray for a greater conscience among everyone, not just in Haiti but all over, that we must do something [to help].
-Pray for a spirit of thanksgiving for international agencies for their good heart and good faith.
-Pray for relief workers to have a spirit of patience and perseverance.
-For those who at this time are in search of meaning in their lives and peace.

Catholic Relief Services logoCatholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community. The organization alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality.  CRS has been in Haiti for more than 50 years and responded immediately to the catastrophe with a $5 million commitment for emergency supplies.  This weekend, January 16-17, a Donate - CatholicRelief Servicesspecial collection will be taken in parishes across the country to benefit CRS's humanitarian efforts in Haiti.

Partners in Health logoPartners in Health's mission is both medical and moral - to provide health care based on the long standing Catholic Social Teaching of a preferential option for the poor.  The organization was initially established in 1987 to support Clinique Bon Saveur in Cange, Haiti.  Based in Boston, Partners in Health now operates in nine countries including Haiti, Donate - Partners in HealthPeru, and Rwanda and supports HIV-patients in the United States.  PIH employs 11,000 people worldwide including local doctors, nurses and community health workers.
Jesuit Refugee Services logoJesuit Refugee Services (JRS)/USA's mission is to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees.  The organization gives witness to God's presence in human history, even in the most tragic experiences of persons driven from their homes.  JRS provides help, hope, ear and voice to vulnerable and victimized people DONATE button - Jesuit Refugee Serviceson the move not only through their witness but also by improving international response to refugee situations and by providing human resources and financial assistance.


Joint Statement by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services January 13, 2010