OSV’s initiatives to report on, give aid for Haiti tragedy

You may have reached the saturation point now on coverage of Haiti. There are only so many images of heart-wrenching suffering that a person can process, especially ones, like us in the United States, who live a life of relative affluence and comfort. 

But I hope you’ll take advantage of all that this newsweekly issue offers: 

 On Page 4 you’ll find a news analysis on what it is going to take to, in the words of one of the aid workers quoted, “build back better” in Haiti. 

 The four-page In Focus (Pages 9-12) is one-stop-shopping for understanding the context for the earthquake, the country’s predominant Catholicism and the situation it is left in. 

 The center spread features a photo essay by Tom Tracy, a journalist based in South Florida whom we sent to Haiti just a few days after the earthquake. He flew to the Dominican Republic and drove into Haiti with a team from Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ international aid agency. 

 And if you have children or grandchildren, you’ll want to read the guide on Page 12 about how to help them get a handle on the tragedy, using tools from our Catholic faith and tradition. 

 In our editorial on Page 19, we call for a committed Catholic response to Haiti that lasts beyond addressing the immediate humanitarian aftermath of the quake, and propose some ways to make that possible. 

 I’d also like to let you know about a couple of ways that Our Sunday Visitor (both publishing and offertory solutions divisions) has responded: 

  •  In this issue, you’ll find four pages (nestled inside the In Focus) of appeals for donations from charities that work in Haiti. We provided that space to the advertisers (some of whom lost staff in the earthquake) for free so they could get out the message of the good work that they do. Please help them. 
  • In your parish this weekend, you may have seen a special offertory envelope being used to collect donations for Haitian relief. That was a gift of our Offertory Solutions division, which even shipped it to parishes for free. 
  • We've produced a prayer card for Haiti. The image is of Our Lady of Perpetual Hope, patroness of Haiti, and came courtesy of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., which has a chapel to her. 
  •  Our Sunday Visitor has offered its employees (some 350 across all our publishing and offertory ventures) matching funds for donations to Haiti.  

As always, I await your input at feedback@osv.com.