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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 01/23/2010

D.C. church holds memorial mass for Haiti quake

By Washington Post Editors

A Catholic church in northwest Washington that serves the local Haitian community is holding a memorial Mass on Saturday for victims of the earthquake.

Hundreds of people are expected to converge on the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, and D.C. officials are advising drivers to detour around the area of 16th Street and Park Road until after 3 p.m.
The Mass begins at 1:30 p.m.

One priest from Sacred Heart, the Rev. Arsene Jasmin, was in Haiti at the time of the quake. Word arrived three days afterward that he was safe. The news brought relief to many Haitians in the D.C. area. Jasmin heads Haitian outreach for the Archdiocese of Washington and celebrates Mass in Creole at three parishes in the region.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | January 23, 2010; 12:22 PM ET
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Haiti quake, Haitian earthquake, Sacred Heart, mass, quake  
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