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December 5


Friday of the First Week of Advent

  • The Philippines have been struck by two natural disasters in two months. As victims struggle to recover from the October earthquake and November typhoon, prayerfully reflect on how your family can help by donating to relief efforts.

  • Catholic Relief Services was already on the ground in the Philippines helping with the recovery efforts from the October 2013 earthquake when Typhoon Haiyan struck. Keep up-to-date on CRS' ongoing efforts to help the people of the Philippines in the wake of the disaster.

  • Remember the suffering of the the Filipino people today by reciting this prayer before your evening meal:

    God of all mercies, God of all consolation,
    comfort us in our afflictions
    that we might comfort those who are in trouble
    with the same consolation we have received.

    Grant this through Christ our Lord.


    —from Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers, Prayer in Time of Suffering and Need.

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