We wish to acknowledge receipt of K.14,431.26 and to thank the Archbishop for this generous contribution towards meeting the needs of the survivors of this disaster. Tomorrow is the feast of St. Anne, patron of this Aitape Diocese. The feast will be celebrated using the theme “ONE IN THE SPIRIT.” This will not be for us a feast of sorrow but one of rejoicing that while the area has been struck with disaster there is an incalculable gift of unity being experienced through an overwhelming outpouring of care and support from all over the world. We will indeed pray for those who have died; The importance of grieving is indisputable. However, the need to move forward in hope will be emphasised at all liturgical gatherings tomorrow.
Communications promising prayer and financial support from all over the world continue to arrive. At times like this many people feel so helpless when they are far away, but in fact we are all united in the body of Christ and we here are strengthened by the prayer and the outpouring of care being expressed in so many ways from all around the world……be assured of this.
Please continue to pray for us all as the work of resettling the survivors and ministering to their spiritual needs is just beginning. And know that in prayer and in masses each day the priests and people here ask the Lord for a special blessing on all those who have supported us at this time.
Austen Crapp, OFM Diocesan Administrator