St. Patrick Church, Rodeo-Hercules and Diocese of Oakland respond to the Disaster in the Philippines.
Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8th striking Guiuan, Eastern Samar Island, with wind speeds of 195 mph, making it the strongest tropical cyclone on record to have made landfall anywhere in the world. Thousands have died and an estimated 9.5 million people are suffering from destruction on par with that seen after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The needs are immense – shelter, food, water, sanitation, and medicine.
You Can Help. There will be a special second collection for Philippine relief in this weekend, November 16-17 at all the masses.
Please make checks payable to St. Patrick Church. All donations will be sent to the Catholic Relief Services (CRS). For more information, contact the Parish Office 510-799-4406 or email
The Bishop wrote, “I recall a Mission poster that read: ‘Christ has no hands, no feet, no ears, but yours.’ Will you be the hands, feet, and ears of Christ to our brothers and sisters enduring such great devastation and suffering? I am confident they can depend on your generosity.” Read the full text of the letter here.