Through the Storm: Caribbean Storm Relief

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Through the Storm: Caribbean Storm Relief

Helping our Brothers and Sisters in the Caribbean

"He said to them, 'Why are you terrified, O you of
little faith?' Then he got up, rebuked the winds
and the sea, and there was great calm." – Matthew 8:26

Through the Storm: Helping our Brothers and Sisters in the Caribbean is an initiative organized by Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, to support victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Through the Storm took place on Thursday, April 5th and focused on showing New Hampshire’s solidarity with parts of the Caribbean that are still suffering from the effects of the hurricanes and still need to rebuild and restore churches, homes, schools, and hospitals.

Through the Storm was a statewide day of prayer and culminated in a Mass and a benefit reception with Most Reverend Roberto Octavio González Nieves, O.F.M., Archbishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Most Reverend Herbert A. Bevard, Bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands attending.  

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“Recovery in the six months since Hurricane Maria has been slow, with many citizens in Puerto Rico still without power and hurricane debris piling up in the Virgin Islands,” said Bishop Libasci. “Our very own brothers and sisters here in New Hampshire have families in the Caribbean that are still suffering."

“With the ongoing need to provide assistance to storm victims, I knew we needed to do more to help the Caribbean region,” continued Bishop Libasci. “As infrastructure is repaired, reconstruction will restore, renew, and proclaim life and hope in Christ.”

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Pray with us (English)

Compassionate Lord, we pray for those who have been devastated by recent natural disasters in the Caribbean. We remember those who have lost their lives and hold in our hearts the families forever changed by grief and loss. Bring them consolation and comfort. Surround them with our prayers for strength. Bless those who have survived and may they have the courage to face, together with their neighbors and with those who have had to migrate due to the circumstances, the long road of rebuilding.

We ask your blessing on all those who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, their security, and their hope. Hold our Church in your heart and give our leaders courage to collaborate with our brothers and sisters in the healing and rebuilding process. Help us to respond with generosity in prayer, in assistance, and in aid to the best of our abilities. Keep our hearts focused on the needs of those affected, even now long after the crisis is over, and so that we are ready to work together again, when the next disaster strikes.

We ask this in Jesus' name,

Amen

(Adapted from Catholic Relief Services’ In Times of a Natural Disaster: A Hope for a New Heaven and a New Earth)

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Pray with us (Español)

Compasivo Señor, oramos por aquellos que han sido devastados por los recientes desastres naturales en el Caribe. Recordamos a aquellos que han perdido sus vidas y llevamos en nuestros corazones a las familias que han sido transformadas para siempre por el dolor y la pérdida. Dales consuelo y alivio. Confórtalos y dales fortaleza por medio de nuestras oraciones.  Bendice a aquellos que han sobrevivido para que tengan el coraje de enfrentar junto con sus vecinos y con quienes han tenido que emigrar debido a las circunstancias, el largo camino de la reconstrucción.

Pedimos Tu bendición a todos aquellos que han perdido sus hogares, sus medios de subsistencia, su seguridad y su esperanza. Mantén nuestra Iglesia en Tu corazón y dales valor a nuestros líderes para que colaboren con nuestros hermanos y hermanas en el proceso de sanación y reconstrucción. Ayúdanos a responder con generosidad en oración, en asistencia y en auxilio lo mejor que podamos. Mantén nuestros corazones enfocados en las necesidades de los afectados, incluso ahora mucho después de que la crisis ha terminado, y que estemos listos para trabajar juntos nuevamente, cuando ocurra el próximo desastre.

Te lo pedimos en el Nombre de Jesús,

Amén

(Adaptado de Catholic Relief ServicesEn tiempos de un Desastre Natural: Una Esperanza para un Nuevo Cielo y una Nueva Tierra)

To download a prayer a card, available in both English and Spanish, please visit this page.