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Teens and OMC join forces to help Haiti

Teenagers, Inc. and Our Mother of Consolation Parish are teaming up for “Hands Together for Haiti,” a benefit that will recognize Haiti during the annual walk for the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 2, at 12 p.m.

Teenagers, Inc. will collect pledges after Mass on Saturday, March 20, and Sunday, March 21, outside OMC Church. Teenagers, Inc. and Guatemala volunteers will be working the tables to receive donations to  the walk, or you can send your donation to Marianne Dwyer at 8600 Prospect Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19118.

Checks should be made payable to Hands Together, a nonprofit organization in Haiti. If you have any questions you can contact Marianne Dwyer at 215-242-4976 or Sue Lasek at 215-836-9318.

Teens and others who want to participate will meet at Our Mother of Consolation Church, 9 East Chestnut Hill Ave., on April 2 to walk the Stations of the Cross.

This year, young people will carry the cross to remember all the trials and tribulations that happen in our lives and the entire world. They will sing, reflect, and pray together. Some of the stations include Pastorius Park, Highland Avenue Fire station, Veterans Memorial at the Water Tower, Chestnut Hill Hospital and Keystone Hospice.

Teenagers, Inc. members got the idea for the fundraiser because of the words of Father Tom Hagan, a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and founder of Hands Together. Hagan sent a letter to OMC to inform the parish about his work in Haiti after the terrible earthquake.

He wrote:

“The people here have a great faith. When I go to Cité Soleil now, as I do every day, I see few tears. The people here have an amazing resiliency. Maybe it is because they have few material possessions and apparently their happiness does not depend upon possessions. The sight of a sunset means more to them than their possessions.

What makes me most proud of my church is that the message we give the people is that they have enormous worth in the eyes of God and that they are infinitely loved, and that this terrible disaster is in no way a punishment from God.”

Teenagers Inc. was inspired by the statement hope others will support the event to help the people of Haiti who need so much comfort and care.



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