“Let nothing disturb you; Let nothing dismay you;
All things pass; God never changes.
Patience attains All that it strives for. The one who has God Finds they lack for nothing:God alone suffices.”
St. Teresa of Avila
It is with a great sense of gratitude and deep appreciation that Archbishop Martin W. Currie announces that the people of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s have contributed a total of $135,395.19 to the recent collection in support of those people whose lives were touched by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. When we ponder the fact that this amount will be matched by the Government of Canada, we recognize that this brings the total to over a quarter of a million dollars. This amount is significant, for it will be combined with aid from many other sources to help the people of the storm-ravaged areas of the Philippines re-build and move on. The solidarity and support that the collection represents is even more significant. As we draw near to Christmas, we remember that Jesus was born into a refugee family, without adequate shelter, money or support. Through this collection we have embraced the opportunity to provide our sisters and brothers with aid, aid that Jesus, Mary and Joseph would have welcomed on this journey. Newfoundlanders, knowing what it is to be poor and open to the ravages of nature, have consistently opened their hearts, their hands and their pocketbooks to help those less fortunate. Archbishop Currie expresses his thanks to all who contributed in any way.