Bishop sets day of prayer and masses for typhoon victims


RESCUE OPERATION. Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes (right) and Jimalalud Parish Priest, Fr. Dalmacio Heramis, donates relief goods to a victim of Typhoon Odette during the city feast on Jan. 15, 2022. The Prelate of Dumaguete Diocese announced the concurrent Masses on Jan. 24 for those who perished in the storm. (Photo from Diocese of Dumaguete-Typhoon Odette Response Facebook page)

CITY OF DUMAGUTE – Bishop Julito Cortes on Tuesday called on the faithful to pray for those who died and survived Typhoon Odette as he set a day of simultaneous Masses in their honor in the various parishes and chaplaincies of the Diocese of Dumaguete.

In a circular letter dated Jan. 18, he said concurrent Masses will be held at 6 a.m. on Jan. 24.

Cortes said families are encouraged to submit the names of loved ones who perished in the storm and invite family members to join the masses.

No stipend will be collected for this particular intention, he added.

It’s also a time to pray for those still missing after “Odette’s” assault as well as those still reeling from its aftermath, Cortes said.

As of January 15, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office reported 78 dead, 15 missing and 148 injured in Negros Oriental when Typhoon Odette hit the Visayas on December 16, 2021.

Cortes hoped that this “act of communion and solidarity would help console and strengthen our suffering people and strengthen their hope for the future”.

The Prelate said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency, while entrusting to the mercy of the Lord those who died in the storm, the diocese also prays that their “families receive support in prayer and comfort them in their sorrow”. .

“It is an expression of communion and solidarity from our community for all the victims of the calamity. We are one body in Christ,” he added.

Cortes also reminded people “to help each other (and) with God’s help we can continue to rebuild our lives.”

The Diocese established a Typhoon Odette Response Command Center, in collaboration with the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas, to assist typhoon victims by providing relief items including food, water and housing materials.

Makabangon ra gyud ta (We will be able to rise above this),” the Bishop said. (NAP)

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