PHOTO: Typhoon victims wait in line for free rice at a businessman’s warehouse in Tacloban, Philippines, which was devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Aid agencies faced challenges getting food and water to the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos affected by the storm. (CNS photo/Erik De Castro, Reuters)

♦Bishop Advances Money to Church in Philippines for Immediate Assistance
♦Asks All Parishes to Offer Prayers at Masses this Weekend for Victims
Bishop William Murphy asked that a special collection be taken at each of the 133 parishes across Long Island this weekend, November 16-17, to assist those suffering the effects of Typhoon Haiyan. The diocese will work with The Holy See and entities such as Catholic Relief Services to ensure funds are dispersed to areas of greatest need. Bishop Murphy also advanced money to the Church in the Philippines for relief work.
“We also keep in our prayers, people of our own diocese who are concerned for family in the Philippines and in the surrounding areas,” said Bishop Murphy. “I ask the People of God on Long Island to pray for the victims. I also ask for their generosity in sharing God’s gifts with those in need as result of this tragic event.”
To contribute to the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, parishioners are asked to contact their local parish or they can send donations to the Chancellor’s Office, Diocese of Rockville Centre, P.O. Box 9023, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-9023. Checks should be made out to the Diocese of Rockville Centre. “Philippines Collection” should be marked on the memo section of the check. For more information call 516-678-5800, ext. 583 or by email:

Typhoon Haiyan: By the Numbers

78%                 Percentage of Philippines population that is Catholic*

76million         Estimated number of Catholics in the Philippines as of 2013*

500,000         Estimated number of survivors Catholic Relief Services plans to help with shelter, water and vital living supplies**


* Source: Catholic Directory of the Philippines

** Source: Catholic Relief Services