"On behalf of Catholic Charities Diocese of Rockford, I would like to extend our heartfelt prayers for the victims and families in Haiti."
Frank Vonch, Diocesan Director
Cardinal George, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop Dolan, chair of CRS (Catholic Relief Services), said the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that ravaged Haiti “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 our brothers and sisters in their time of suffering.
God of all creation, as we weep with our family in Haiti, console us.
In this time of crisis, open our eyes to look beyond the disaster to see Christ
Brothers and sisters in Haiti, as Christ sees us.
Be with us as we stand in solidarity with those living and working in Haiti.
Be with us in our mourning and guide our efforts to feed the hungry, shelter the
Homeless, comfort the grieving and stand for justice.
With your mercy sustain us, O Lord, at this time as we continue to work
for peace and justice.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Mooseheart to take in 50 quake victims
January 26, 2010
From Staff Reports
As many as 50 children orphaned or displaced by the recent earthquake in Haiti could be coming to Kane County.
Working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the 230-student residential school Mooseheart,
just north of North Aurora, could be taking in child refugees from the Jan. 12 earthquake that rocked the Caribbean
nation, killing up to 200,000. "We have offered temporary accommodations for up to 50," Mooseheart Executive Director
Scott D. Hart said Monday. "We don't know how many children we will be sent or their age range.
"We really don't know at this point exactly how long 'temporary' might be -- it could mean a few days, weeks or months."
Also unknown is when the children will arrive. The government's evacuations will be in three groups. American citizens
will be first, followed by orphans who were in the process of being adopted before the earthquake. "All other orphans, and
what the government classifies as 'unaccompanied children,' constitute the third group, and it is from this group that
children would come to us," Hart said. "As of (Monday), we're being told that the government is still working on the first
group. So we could be getting a call in a matter of days from now, or it could be a few weeks -- we don't know."
Mooseheart likely will look for French-speaking volunteers, because few of the children speak English, Hart said. Winter
clothing is being gathered for the Haitian children, who know nothing but the hot Caribbean climate.
Qualified volunteers are asked to call 630-906-3601.
Meanwhile, Mooseheart's student body has been planning several Haitian relief fundraisers, including a bake sale
and "hat day" for Friday, with all proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross