Father Gregory Van Giang, parish priest at Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, opens the mini-concert staged to raise funds towards the disaster aid. Photo by Tony Perez

THE WEEKEND OF Oct 4-5 saw parishes across Singapore respond to the Archbishop’s call to provide funds for the victims of the Typhoon Ketsana which wrecked damage in the Philippines and Vietnam from Sep 24-27.

The catechetical ministry of the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea with support of parish priest Father John Joseph Fenelon organised a donation drive.

At the same time, they raised funds for the victims of the Sep 30 Padang earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia, and prayed the rosary for the victims.

The catechists had purchased 2,000 disposable torchlights at $500, and involved the children of the parish in giving these out as a token of thanks to the donors of the weekend Masses.

“The children from Primary Three to Secondary Two were very supportive and wanted to go on and on collecting the donations. But we had to rotate and allow as many children to help,” said Finbar DSouza, a catechist of the parish.

Their weekend efforts raised $11,901.30 which was given to the Archdiocesan Crisis Coordination Team (ACCT).

At the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Jess Rala and Mike Millares mobilised their fellow Filipinos as well as other members of the parish community to contribute their talents to a mini-concert on Sunday Oct 4 to raise funds.

“As a Filipino and as part of the parish community, we have a part to do and to share in some way or another to help the victims,” Mr Rala said.

About 150 people attended the mini-concert which raised about $5,500 for ACCT’s Disaster Aid Fund.

The catechetical and youth ministries of Church of the Holy Spirit also made a donation drive with tin cans before and after the weekend Masses.

They raised about $13,000 for the ACCT Disaster Aid Fund of the victims of Typhoon Ketsana.

The Filipino group of the Church of the Risen Christ coordinated fundraising efforts that took place over the weekends of Oct 4-5 and Oct 11-12. They have also collected old clothes which they will send to the victims.

Besides monetary aid, there is also a need for relief aid and basic necessities.

acts29 continued to collect relief aid such as blankets, plastic cutlery, clothes, footwear, soap bars and family-sized straw mats till Oct 9 (see page 8).

The Canossian Lay Missionary Group will be collecting clothes, food and vitamins for the Philippine victims on Saturday Oct 17 from 9.00am-12.00nn at the Catholic Archdiocesan Youth Centre (CAYC).

Dominican Father David Garcia celebrated a Mass on Sat Oct 10 at Caritas Singapore premises to pray for the victims of the recent Typhoon Ketsana and Sumatra earthquake.

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