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By Fr. Joseph, MIC (Jan 14, 2010)
The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception have joined the Holy Father and Church and government leaders from around the world in urging people to come to the aid of the people of Haiti, the Caribbean nation devastated by an earthquake on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

While relief efforts continued, a strong aftershock hit Haiti on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The aftershock had a magnitude of 6.1, and further complicated relief efforts.

"This is a tragedy of massive proportions," said Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, director of Evangelization and Development for the Marians, based on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Mass. "We ask people to pray — particularly to pray the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy for those trapped in rubble who cannot yet be reached — and to contribute whatever financial assistance you can to these relief efforts. While the immediate financial needs are urgent, it's important we remember that these needs will be ongoing in the months and possibly years ahead."

The Marians have set up a means by which people can send financial support to the Haitian relief efforts. Please visit our special Haiti relief page.

One-hundred percent of all donations will be sent to Catholic Relief Services, the international relief agency based in Baltimore, Md., that has mobilized an immediate aid response to Haiti in the form of food and supplies.

Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said on Wednesday, Jan. 13, the death toll could reach ''well over 100,000." Among the dead is the Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, Most Rev. Joseph Serge Miot, 61.

On Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI urged "everyone to join my prayers to the Lord for the victims of this catastrophe and for those who mourn their loss," the news agency Zenit reported. The Holy Father continued, "I give assurances of my spiritual closeness to people who have lost their homes and to everyone who, in various ways, has been affected by this terrible calamity, imploring God to bring them consolation and relief in their suffering.

"I appeal to the generosity of all people so that ... our brothers and sisters who are experiencing a moment of need and suffering may not lack our concrete solidarity and the effective support of the international community," he said.

Centered less than 10 miles from Port-au-Prince, the country's capital and most densely populated region, the earthquake measured 7.0 on the Richter scale.

Pray the Chaplet
Marie Romagnano, RN, founder of Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy, an apostolate of the Marians, echoed the need for a merciful response. Financial assistance will be crucial, she said, but the most immediate need is prayer.

"The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy is the most appropriate prayer that can be offered for victims who may not otherwise be rescued or able to be assisted," she said. "The chaplet, given to us by Jesus to be used especially for the dying, truly becomes their last hope of salvation, as declared by our Lord, and a means of hope and consolation for those related to them."

Indeed, in a series of revelations to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska in the 1930s, Christ said:

Encourage souls to say the chaplet, which I have given you. ... When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the Merciful Savior (Diary of St. Faustina, 1541).

Here are instructions on how to pray the chaplet.

Please visit our special Haiti relief effort.

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Itzel - Jan 18, 2010


maryS - Jan 17, 2010

My only contribution is to pray the chaplet of the divine mercy and rosary for all the victims of HAITI.God bless you all!

Miracle in Haiti! - Jan 15, 2010

I just wanted to thank everyone for your prayers!

Today just now, Paul made contact with his sister and found both sister and Mother to be alive in Haiti! Thank God for Magic Jack's Cheap international calling system we made contact today from our home phone!

Praise God! Thank you Jesus Christ the Lord and King!

Rose Darlene and Ludia Papouloute are Christian women, who love the Lord.
Our hearts desire was to find them and find them alive and well.
And they are!!!!!

My mother in law has a business in the city of Port Au Prince. She goes there often.
However on this day of the biggest Earth Quake in 200 years plus !!!!!! On this day she had a pain in her leg and decided not to go to her shop in Port Au Prince!
God heard our prayers and protects!

They were in there house in a city called DelMas. There homes are still standing without any problems. NOTHING HAPPENED TO THEIR HOMES!!!
There cell phones are working now.
Not only are they alive and healthy and uninjured, but they have food and water as well.
They say they have stayed inside their homes since the quake hit.

We are all so happy and grateful to the God almighty for this miracle.

Now we continue to pray for all the other people who are suffering from lack of food , water and medical assistance. We pray the USA will make quick progress today , because time is ticking and those Haitians need us to take care of them, transport them to safety and get those who are still trapped on buildings out!!!

We will continue striving for this, In Jesus Christ's name! Amen.
We trust you You Jesus! We love you, praise you and thank you!

Again, thank you for all your prayers! God hears every single one of them!
God bless you and keep you and may his light shine upon you and your loved ones always.

Zaid - Jan 15, 2010

Dear Fathers,
As we belong to the Cotholic Church we must know the meaning of Catholic which is to be members in the body of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, if any member in this body is suffering then the whole body is suffering.
"And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it." 1Cor 12:26

We all have to pray and donate for them.

Thanks a lot

God bless you all


Dear Fathers, - Jan 15, 2010

I have recieved your email and have donated.I wanted to donate to an organization that i an trust the donation will get to the people. thank you for your email and yes i did forward it on to many.

ChrisCattolica - Jan 15, 2010

Thank you Father. I also already have donated. I sent a check to Catholic Relief Services yesterday but I think mchaisson may have it right that we are being asked to give until it hurts.

Teddy Bears for children in Haiti - Jan 15, 2010

So much is needed for these people but teddy bears for the children could help. They would give the children something to hug when their fear is so great. My Chaplet will be for these sad people as it is always for those in need. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, St Faustina and all our heavenly angels and saints/ please the people of Haite need you.

Diane Madigan - Jan 15, 2010

Father, we are having a fund raiser at our Catholic school today for Haiti. We have a sister parish in Haiti that the funds will go directly to.We are in Baltimore and will have a special collection in all of our parishes,this Sunday to go to Catholic Relief Services. God Bless you always.

mchaisson - Jan 15, 2010

dear Father
I have just donated to another organization - but am praying the chaplet daily for the people of Haiti.
God's Blessings be with you all.

ileana - Jan 14, 2010

Thank you, Father. I had already contributed to two other organizations but I think God is trying to remind me that I need not be afraid to "help until it hurts!"
Thank you for reminding us that we need to pray as well.

Dear Father Joseph, - Jan 14, 2010

We just wanted you to know that we have already mailed donations to Catholic Relief Services and CFCA. We thank God that our sponsered child in Haiti who lives about 80 miles north east of the capitol is fine. CFCA's project Ferrier has a need for 6 more sponsors at this time. If anyone is interested they can find out more at the CFCA web site. Thank you for all you do!

Haitis Donation - Jan 14, 2010

Can we also send goods and clothes aside from cash donations?

Haitis Donation - Jan 14, 2010

Dear Fathers,
I just emailed a donation thru my cell phone a few minutes ago brfore i got your email.