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Prayer service will focus on Haiti

Public is invited to ecumenical event

January 30, 2010
Messenger News

CLARION - The Wright County Catholic community, with the support of ministerial associations from across Wright County, is holding an ecumenical prayer service for Haiti at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarion High School, 1111 Willow Drive.

This service is open to the public, with prayers to be offered for the people in Haiti during recovery from the recent earthquake and continued uncertainties.

The Rev. Nils Hernandez, who pastors congregations in Eagle Grove, Belmond and Clarion, said, "We mourn the terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters in Haiti. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that ravaged Haiti on Jan. 12 has already claimed thousands of lives, including the Archbishop of Port-au-Prince. It has destroyed countless homes, churches, seminaries, schools and other buildings and has left millions without the most basic necessities of life. Our faith compels us to pray for and reach out to them in their time of suffering."

The Wright County Catholic Community has played large roles in the lives of Haitian people in the past few years. Ten members of the church had planned a medical mission visit to their sister parish in Anse Rouge, seven hours north of Port-au-Prince, from Feb 3 to 10. That mission visit has been postponed until a later date.

Monetary donations for Haiti relief can be made at the ecumenical prayer service or may be directed to St. John Catholic Church, 608 Second Ave. N.E., Clarion, IA 50525. Checks should be made out to St. John Catholic Church with the memo "Haiti Relief."

Information is available by calling 532- 3586.



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