Father Thomas said 200 people died in the school, which bears scorch marks from fires that recovery workers set to mask the smell of the decaying bodies.
Before the earthquake, the parish had 10,000 members. The three Redemptorists assigned to the parish celebrated five Masses every Sunday. At Mass Jan. 31 in the parish courtyard, a little more than 300 people worshipped.
Father Thomas, 36, is in his first assignment as a pastor; he came to St. Gerard six months ago.
If the best the parish can do is help coordinate the distribution of cards and food under the auspices of the United Nations, Father Thomas is willing to help.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
"Despite collapsed buildings, Haitian parish aids quake victims" - Catholic News Service, 2/3/10: