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Catholic University of America Reaches Out to Philippines with Service, Prayer and Funds

The Catholic University of America is responding to Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation in the Philippines with service, prayer and donations, according to a recent announcement by the university.

The typhoon crashed into the Philippines last week, killing approximately 2,500 people and leaving more than 11 million in need of assistance, according to the Huffington Post.

On November 13, the university is celebrating a Mass for the intentions of Philippine people, especially the family and friends of the student body who were affected. The Filipino Organization of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) will lead a recitation of the rosary in the country’s native language following the Mass. The president of FOCUS, Ashley Ahlfeld stated:

Many of our members have family in the Philippines and some live in areas that were affected by the storm. The Philippine culture is very family oriented. Your family is my family. We may not live there, but we still consider the Philippines our home and it only felt right to try to help.

FOCUS will also be hosting bake sales, and partnering with the Philippine American Foundation for Charities and the Philippine embassy to host the annual Paskong Pinoy Christmas Concert, with proceeds benefiting those affected in the Philippines.

A student at the school and FOCUS member, Jackie Ecle, will also be performing a musical recital to benefit typhoon victims.

More information about the university’s response to the typhoon can be found here.

The Catholic University of America is recommended in The Newman Guide for strong Catholic identity.

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