relief efforts

St. Louis Catholic schools respond to hurricane relief efforts

Students at St. Norbert School in Florissant offered a friendly challenge via a Facebook video to neighboring students at St. Ferdinand and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne to collect change for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

It began with a video on Facebook — students at St. Norbert School in Florissant offered a friendly challenge to neighboring students at St. Ferdinand and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne to collect change for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

St. Norbert students got a head start. From an out-of-uniform day held Aug. 29, students collected $910.85.

St. Louis Catholics respond to calls for aid

Efforts are under way in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to support relief efforts in typhoon-ravaged areas of the Philippines.

An estimated tens of thousands of people are impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated parts of the central Philippines Nov. 8.

Parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis were to hold a special collection over the weekend at the request of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.

Caritas Philippines leader calls typhoon devastation 'unimaginable'

Residents walked over the rubble of destroyed houses in the city of Tacloban, Philippines, Nov. 13. Hundreds of thousands of people in Leyte province have been displaced by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the worst storms to hit land.

MANILA, Philippines -- The devastation brought on by Super Typhoon Haiyan is on a scale so big it is "unimaginable," said Jesuit Father Edwin Gariguez, head of Caritas in the Philippines.

"This is beyond our capacity," Father Gariguez told Catholic News Service by phone from Cebu province Nov. 13. "That's the reason why we have our Caritas network with us now."

Collection to aid tornado relief efforts

Efforts are under way in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to assist with the needs of residents of Moore, Okla., who were affected by a massive tornado that hit the community May 20.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, writing to priests of the archdiocese, called the Oklahoma twister a tragedy of unprecedented proportions. He has asked parishes to take up a special collection this month to assist in recovery efforts in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma and other natural disasters in the country this year.

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