Bishop from Haiti says “thank you”

On Wednesday 20 March, Bishop Dumas preached at Mass in the Cathedral of Christ the King.

Reflecting on the readings of the day, the Bishop noted that the people of Haiti experienced the compassion and tenderness of God through the generosity of others. “The earthquake was a terrible shock for our people but we never lost faith or hope. God came to our aid through your kindness.”

The music for the Mass was provided by Loreto College Choir and a gift was presented by children from Presentation Senior School.

After Mass, Bishop Dumas visited St Finian’s College and St Colman’s National School. In his words to the pupils, he asked them not to forget the “little Haitis” – places and moments in our own community and elsewhere where people suffer – especially during Lent and Holy Week.

In 2010, over €70,000 was raised in Mullingar parish for the people of Haiti and the donations were sent directly to those most in need. After assisting with the emergency response, a major part of the donations were used to rebuild educational facilities which give Haitians an opportunity to improve their lives. Some of the funds are also used to care for the elderly and those on the margins of that fragile society.

The photo was kindly taken by Joe Duffy.

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