Special mass held for Haiyan typhoon victims


Special mass held for Haiyan typhoon victims


YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – A special mass was held in Yuma Tuesday morning for the victims of typhoon Haiyan.

A small group of worshippers gathered in prayer at Immaculate Conception.

For Father Ramoncito Celestial, prayers were sent with a little more urgency.

Father Ramoncito was able to speak with his mom Monday night for the first time since typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines.

Before that, he says it was agonizing not hearing from her immediately after the storm hit.

But with the support of the community he stayed hopeful.

A small group of church-goers came together Tuesday morning to pray for the victims of Haiyan.

It was a special service for Father Ramoncito Celestrial.

The storm nearly destroyed his mother's home in the Philippines.

"She described to me the roof of the house was getting blown of," he said.

Father Ramoncito spoke to his mother just before the typhoon reached the landfall.

He says they ended their conversation on a spiritual note.

Strong winds and heavy rain then knocked down the power lines.

"It's heartbreaking," said Father Ramoncito. "All I can do is pray."

He went four days—wondering if she was okay.

Finally, Father Ramoncito heard from his mother Monday night.

He says the outpouring of support from his church has helped him get through this difficult time.

He is thankful for everyone who prayed for his family's well-being, and hopes they continue praying for those who lost their lives and their families.

And also for those who survived the deadly storm, and are now scrambling to find food and water.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is accepting monetary donations.

You can stop by the parish and drop it off.

Several church attendees tell 13 On Your Side they are planning a fundraiser but are still working out the details.

As soon as we get word, we will bring you that information.

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