Catholic Ministries Responding to Earthquake in Haiti April 29, 2010

CHRISTUS Health joins with all members of the Catholic health ministry to extend our thoughts and prayers on behalf of the people of Haiti, the Haitian community in the U.S. and our colleagues in country, who are responding to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the chaotic aftermath of Tuesday's devastating earthquake.

After prayerful consideration and careful discernment, CHRISTUS Health, on behalf of all its Associates, Sisters, physicians and volunteers, has decided to commit $50,000 to support the efforts of Catholic Relief Services, an organization that is already mobilizing relief efforts in the affected region. Many CHRISTUS Associates and physicians have expressed interest in donating to the relief efforts as well. We would encourage anyone interested in making a personal contribution, to consider one of the many disaster relief organizations accepting donations for hurricane relief efforts.

To assist you in this process, below is contact information for several Catholic-sponsored organizations that would welcome your support:

  • Catholic Relief Services (877-277-7575, www.crs.org) has told the Catholic Health Association that they are working to assure their staff are safe and to get an early assessment of immediate needs. They have posted a way to donate money to help buy supplies and transport them immediately. They are also moving other Relief Services personnel and supplies into the area immediately.
  • Catholic Medical Mission Board (800-678-5659, www.cmmb.org) has been assured that their staff in the region are safe, and are also mobilizing their relief efforts.
  • Hope for a Healthier Humanity Foundation (718-966-4750, www.hopeforahealthierhumanity.org) is targeting specific practitioners they have worked with in the area who have already been in touch listing the supplies that are critically needed. They will be shipping out medical supplies in the immediate future.

Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has appealed to the world to respond to the great need of the Haitian people. Following is a prayer for the earthquake victims in Haiti.

Prayer for Haiti Earthquake Victims

Leader
O God of mercy, look with pity upon all those who have been left homeless, bereft, in shock, in the wake of this mighty act of nature in Haiti. Lord, in your mercy,

People
Hear our prayer.

Leader
Holy God, who fed your people in the wilderness, whose loving kindness is everlasting, lift the burdens of all who are weary from the search for food and refresh those who are parched from thirst. Lord, in your mercy,

People
Hear our prayer.

Leader
O Source of all consolation, comfort with the sure sense of your presence all who feel forsaken, and all those who have lost loved ones. Lord, in your mercy,

People
Hear our prayer.

Leader
Gracious God, you sent your son Jesus to bring sight to the blind, hearing and healing to all who asked, open our ears to all cries of affliction, and through us provide healing and help. Lord, in your mercy,

People
Hear our prayer.

Leader
Merciful God, you ask us to cleanse our hearts, to loose the bonds of oppression, and to repair the ruins. Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love and generosity that we might pour ourselves out for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti so that they, too, will know your generous healing power. We ask this through Christ, our Lord, Amen.

—Adapted from a prayer of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America