Archbishop Wuerl to Join DC’s Haitian Catholic Community for Mass – January 23

January 20, 2010

Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl will join local Haitian Catholics, many of whom lost family and friends in the Haitian earthquake, at a bi-lingual Memorial Mass:

Saturday, January 23, 2010
1:30 p.m.
Shrine of the Sacred Heart
16th Street and Park Road, NW, Washington, DC

Hundreds of people from the DC area Haitian community are expected to attend. Many of the prayers and the music will be in Haitian Creole. The choir will include members from three area Catholic churches with significant Haitian communities: Shrine of the Sacred Heart; Our Lady of Sorrows in Takoma Park; and St. Camillus in Silver Spring. Two priests from Haiti who live in the metropolitan area, Rev. Jean Vanes Nicolas and Rev. Oswald Pierre-Jules, S.S.J., are expected to participate in the Mass.

Rev. Arsene Jasmin, the chaplain for the local Haitian community who is based at Sacred Heart, remains in Haiti where he was during the earthquake, awaiting a flight back to the United States.

The Mass is open to the general public.

One week ago, Archbishop Wuerl announced that the Archdiocese of Washington had made an initial donation of $100,000 to support the work of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Haiti, and that all 140 parishes of the Archdiocese of Washington had been asked to take up a collection to benefit CRS’ efforts. CRS, the international humanitarian relief organization of the Catholic Church in the United States, has been working in Haiti for more than 50 years.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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