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Chinese Catholics from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China, now living in United States are coming together to raise funds for the survivors of the earthquake in Taiwan. The earthquake was the worst on record for Taiwan, recording 7.6 on the Richter scale. The death toll has risen to 2,101. A further 8,712 people were injured, 189 missing or trapped in rubble and 961 stranded in remote cases. 80,000 people were left homeless and had to live in makeshift camps. 12,000 buildings were destroyed.

Pope John Paul II sent his prayers to the people of Taiwan, calling on the international community to provide help and solidarity. The Holy Father in his Angelus speech said, "In these days my thoughts have constantly turned to the beloved people of Taiwan as they recover from the recent earthquake and its tragic aftermath."

The Vatican news service, Fides, said the Catholic Church in Taiwan began to mobilize to assist rescue and aid efforts immediately after disaster struck. Churches and schools were used to house the homeless. Church leaders planned to promote a worldwide appeal to aid the displaced.

Chinese Catholics living in U.S., in a concerted effort, wish to convey their concern for the survivors and deep sympathy for those who have lost their loved ones. They wish to invite people from all walks of life to show their concern for the people in Taiwan.

Please contact your local Church to help or give directly to the donation account of the Chinese Regional Bishops conference in Taiwan.

 

From: Tim Kelley[SMTP:kelley@wt.net]

Sent: Thursday, September 23, 1999 8:13 AM

Subject: quake update

The magnitude of Tuesday's quake was reflected in updated statistics from Taiwan's Disaster Management Center:

2,109 persons killed.

7,824 injured.

6,070 homes totally destroyed.

Moreover, local newspapers said several hundred thousand people were homeless, although this could not be officially confirmed.

4,300 AFTERSHOCKS

More than 4,300 aftershocks have jolted the island, several registering above 6.0, making them dangerously strong earthquakes in their own right.

Tim Kelley, Houston

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Appeal letter

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

May the love of the Father, the peace of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit be with you always!

As we all know, in the early morning of September 21, Taiwan was hit by a powerful earthquake measured at a magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter Scale. Numerous buildings, roads and bridges were destroyed by the quake. The death toll has reached more than 2,000, and continued to rise; many more people were injured or missing. All the businesses and industries in Taiwan were severely affected. The water and power supplies, as well as the national productivity were temporarily unable to restore.

Our hearts were saddened by the death and afflictions suffered by our brothers and sisters. Our thoughts and emotions were continuously tied to their conditions and further developments. Thus, we feel that it is better if we can unite our hearts and focus our combined effort to express our love and caring for the victims of the quake. Hence, we are planning to unite all Chinese Catholic communities in the U.S., and to call upon each and every one of us to help rebuild Taiwan.

Currently, Father Thomas Sung has provided a channel for uniting our efforts to aid Taiwan; however, we need your ideas to form a consensus. So, please give us your feedback and suggestions.

If you wish to donate now, you may send it directly to Father Thomas Sung. Please make your check payable to "Our Lady of China", and mark "Taiwan Earthquake" on it. Kindly mail the check to 243-15 Newton Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102. Father Thomas Sung can be reached at (718) 278-6796 via phone, and (718) 278-6889 via fax.

May God bless you always!

New Jersey Chinese Catholic Apostolate

9-23-99


Earthquake Relief Center

From: Fr. Luciano Morra, SJ

Subject: Taiwan Earthquake Update

Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 23:27:29 +0800

 

To: Fellow Jesuits, friends and benefactors

From: The Provincial Office

Re: Taiwan Earthquake Update

Taipei, October 7, 1999

First of all, we want to thank all our Jesuit brethren, friends and benefactors from various countries of the world who, after the terrible earthquake which struck Taiwan on September 21, have shown their concern for us and the people of Taiwan with their care, prayers and financial support. May God bless and abundantly reward each one of you!

As you know, the earthquake, measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, struck mainly the central part of Taiwan, but it was felt all over the island. According to the latest reports, the final count of the casualties mount to over 2,250 deaths and 8,700 injured, 12,000 buildings destroyed and more than 100,000 people without homes. The earthquake has also reshaped the island's landscape, flattening some mountain peaks and transforming a river into a lake. It will take years before the quake-damaged area can be fully rebuilt. Unfortunately, the earth is still trembling and the aftershocks amount already to over 10,000. Most of them are very weak, but some are strong enough to be felt by the people and keeping them nervous.

After the visitation to the quake-stricken area of central Taiwan on the following day, Cardinal Paul Shan, President of the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference of Taiwan, has instructed the local Church to set up an earthquake relief center. The intention is to centralize somehow all our resources and all kinds of assistance that the Church could gather during the time of restoration. Five Catholic Hospitals have participated actively in the quake-relief services by sending 120 of their staff to the quake-stricken area. Medicines and medical equipment were also distributed to several major sites of the earthquake.

In Taichung, a Catholic girl school has been turned into an earthquake relief center. Large quantity of goods donated by the Church is sent to this center for distribution. The Cardinal Tien Hospital would help to house 80 to 100 aged victims. Several convents, Boys' towns and Girls' towns run by church organizations and parish churches are willing to adopt orphans from the earthquake. Many Catholics formed quake-relief service teams to render their assistance at different quake relief centers.

While much attention and assistance were directed to major sites of the earthquake in lowlands, the need our aborigine victims who reside in the mountains were unattended. They were stranded in the mountains without food and water as the earthquake damaged the road linking them to the outside world. The Jesuit Rerum Novarum Center has managed to bring some of their needs to the attention of the public and 20 tons of goods were delivered to them in 24 hours.

Other than showing our care and concern to the earthquake victims by rending our services, the Church of Taiwan was called upon by Cardinal Shan to offer prayers for the victims and to gather funds for the restoration of their homes. On Sunday, the 26th September, masses were said for the victims and all collections were channeled to the quake-relief fund.

On The 3rd October, the National Council of the Lay Apostolate called a meeting. It was decided each of the seven dioceses in Taiwan would adopt certain quake-stricken areas. Each diocese will help to look into the needs of their adopted areas and assist in their restorations.

The Kuangchi Program Service (KPS, a Jesuit-run studio) sent two video teams to Taichung and Nantou counties, including to the epicenter at Puli, to document the needs of the disaster victims and the efforts made to help them. The footage will be edited into a segment for KPS' Catholic Video Magazine and will also be made available to the secular media. It has also taken up a collection to supply water to the earthquake victims.

One of our scholastics, Azpiroz Fernando Pablo (from Argentina), spent eight days rendering his services at Taichung quake-relief center.

The earthquake has also affected many people psychologically, especially the children. The Church is now trying to provide counseling services to those victims who seek psychological assistance.

These forth-going paragraphs represent the modest Catholic efforts in joining many others including different religious organizations, private initiatives, NGO's and government sectors, in rendering relief service and in the common task of a re-construction of Taiwan Society.

Every one strongly feels that he has to do something for his fellows stricken by this natural disaster. This feeling of solidarity prevails throughout Taiwan and brings the whole society together.

We ask you to continue to pray for us as we work for the restoration of Taiwan after the earthquake.

Fraternally yours,

Luciano Morra, S.J.

Assistant Socius

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New Jersey Chinese Catholic Apostolate

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

I am sure that you have heard the earthquake in Taiwan. It was a very serious one. As of Tuesday, September 21, 1999 4:00 PM, there are already 1700 dead and over 7000 injuries. On behalf of the New Jersey Chinese Catholics Apostolate, I would like to ask your financial support for the people in Taiwan.

Where to mail:

Please mail your check to the following address entitle "Our Lady of China Church" and remark "for earthquake in Taiwan": Please include your name and return address especially if you need receipt.

Rev. Thomas Sung

243-15 Newtown Ave.

Astoria, NY 11102

USA

TEL: +1 718 278-6797

FAX: +1 718 278-6889

Please remember the dead and the suffering brothers and sisters in Taiwan in your daily prayer.

Joseph Wen

New Jersey Chinese Catholic Apostolate

Tel: 973-596-8569

Fax: 973-596-3074

e-mail: wen@admin.njit.edu

Thank you for your generous help and prayers. May God bless you and your family.

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San Jose Chinese Catholic Community

From: James Hua [mailto:jhua@cadence.com]

Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 1999 6:45 PM

We the chairman board of San Jose Chinese Catholic Community have decided to hold up a donation call for the victims of the earthquake in Taiwan. You will see details in the coming weekly news. Briefly speaking, anyone who is willing to help relieving the earthquake damage can issue a check entitled "SJCCC" with remark "for Taiwan Earthquake" and drop it into the box on the desk next to our regular book-sale desk. There will be 3 continuous weeks for the donation and the update sum will be announced after Mass. People therefore still take the tax advantage when helping our brothers and sisters in Taiwan through Catholic Church channel. The money amount will be sent to Chinese Regional Bishop Conference in Taiwan and request them to distribute the help to the most needed in Dioceses of North, Central, South and West Taiwan.

We hope this will ensure our money were sent and used for the right people at right place.

Fremont as well as the Oakland Chinese Church are doing similar things.

In case you want to mail the check, our mailing address is:

Where to mail:

Please mail your check to the following address entitle "SJCCC" and remark "for earthquake in Taiwan": Please include your name and return address especially if you need receipt.

San Jose Chinese Catholic Community

900 Lafayette, Suite 301

Santa Clara, CA 95050-4966

USA

+1 (408) 983-0211

Thank you for your generous help and prayers. May God bless you and your family.

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Diocese of San Joe

Diocese of San Jose has shown their deepest sympathy and informed us that Bishop has authorized pastors to take up a second collect to assist the victims of Hurricane Floyd and the Taiwan Earthquake. The proceeds should be sent to the Mission Office designed "Floyd/Taiwan". Unless designated otherwise, the proceeds will be split 50% to Catholic Charities USA to assist with Hurricane Floyd Relief and 50% to Catholic Relief Services for relief for Taiwan. The Mission Office address is

Mission Office

Attn: Floyd/Taiwan

900 Lafayette Street, Suite 301

Santa Clara, CA 95050-4966

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Houston

From: Benny Hung-Junn Chang [mailto:bchang@bcm.tmc.edu]

Sent: Friday, September 24, 1999 10:00 AM

Subject: Earthquake in Taiwan

Dear brothers and sisters,

During a meeting of the Asian community had a meeting to discuss the pros and cons to plan for the year 2000 event, I brought up an issue of whether the Asian should express concern to the victims of the earthquake in Taiwan. All agree that they should do something and will go back to talk to their leaders to come up with something this Sunday.

But, guess what the bishop (Guillary) said? He asked that it is an opportunity for us to show our social justice, and to practice our call as Christians. He asked every Asian parish to send the second donation to bishop's office and he will write a check to channel the money to the needy.

Some even suggested the bishop to fax the intention to every parish in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. Praise the Lord that He gave us a heart to follow His call.

May our generosity give God glory.

God bless always.

Benny, Houston

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Seattle Chinese Catholic Community

SCCC is having fund raising on Sunday, 9/26. You may help when you come to contribute at the address given at the website of SCCC. Else you can give contributions directly to the donation account of Chinese Regional Bishop Conference in Taiwan or mail to San Jose Chinese Catholic Community or Our Lady of China Church in Queens.

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Los Angeles: St. Bridget’s Chinese Catholic Center

St. Bridget’s Church in Los Angeles (among with some other churches in the Archdiocese) will make second collection at Sunday mass. You may help contacting the Church at the address and phone number given at the website of St. Bridget's CCC. Else you can give contributions directly to the donation account of the Chinese Regional Bishops Conference in Taiwan or mail to San Jose Chinese Catholic Community or Our Lady of China Church in Queens.

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Vancouver: St. Francis Xavier’s Church

St. Francis Xavier’s Church will make second collection at Sunday mass. The Church will send the donations to Taichung Catholic Caritas. You may help contacting the Church at the address and phone number given at the website of St. Francis Xavier's Church. Else you can mail contributions directly to Taichung Catholic Caritas.

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Sydney: Chinese Catholic Community, Inc.

You may help by contacting the Chinese Catholic Community, Inc at the address and phone number given at their website.

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Philadelphia: Holy Redeemer Church

Holy Redeemer Church has made a second collection during the Sunday mass 9/26. Fr Tom Betz has approved dedicating all three masses on October 10, 1999 to the victims of the earthquake and to keep the people of Taiwan in our prayers. Any further contribution and donation to help the victims through the church in Philadelphia should contact Fr. Tom Betz with info on the website of the Church.

http://home.att.net/~john.ho/holyredeemer.htm

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Dallas: Mission of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Mission of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Dalla is working with Diocese Family Relief Office to urge for help from every parish in the diocese and to inform U.S. Bishops' Conference for the mission. The Church has also contacted Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference in Taiwan, which has opened a donation account given below for the collection. You may help through your parish if it is participating. Else, please contact the Mission of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the address and phone number given at their website.

Donation account:

Huanan Commercial Bank Ltd. Chung Lun Branch

Swift Code: HNBKTWTP116

Account Number: 116100074355

Attn: TCMF (Taiwan Catholic Mission Foundation)

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Miami: Archdiocesan Chinese Apostolate.

The Archdiocesan Chinese Apostolate is working with Caritas Taiwan for earthquake assistance/relief/charity. You may by contacting the Church at the address and phone number given at the website.

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Atlanta Chinese Catholic Association

Please mail your check to the following address entitled "ACCA" and remark "for earthquake in Taiwan. Please include your name and return address especially if you need receipt.

ACCA

P.O. Box 88282

Atlanta, GA 30356

USA

TEL: +1 (770) 448-6606

Thank you for your generous help and prayers. May God bless you and your family.

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Any Other States in US

If you would like to donate through the Chinese Catholic Church but cannot find a local church that organize the relief fund:

Groups or Individuals may either send your fund directly to the donation account of the Chinese Regional Bishops Conference in Taiwan or mail to San Jose Chinese Catholic Community or Our Lady of China Church in Queens.

Thank you for your generous help and prayers. May God bless you and your family.

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Any Other Country

If you would like to donate through the Chinese Catholic Church but cannot find a local church that organize the relief fund:

Groups or Individuals may either send your fund directly to the donation account of the Chinese Regional Bishops Conference in Taiwan.

Thank you for your generous help and prayers. May God bless you and your family.

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