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TINIAN—The San Jose Parish on Tinian is calling on the CNMI public to help the parish in its effort to rebuild the church and its social hall from the destruction of Super Typhoon Yutu by supporting their fundraising campaign.

“I am calling for the community to support our raffle to build the San Jose Tinian church,” said Fr. Rey D. Rosal, the parish priest.

He is also appealing for donations in cash or in-kind like cement, rebars, or any other material that would help in the reconstruction effort.

To help raise funds, a 2020 Kia Soul is being raffled off, with the draw on Oct. 18, 2019, at the San Jose church grounds.

The goal is to first rebuild the parish’s San Jose Social Hall—the old St. Joseph school building—so it can be used as a temporary place of worship. After that, the parish will start to finalize the plan to build a new church, which would include surveying the church area.

Right now, Tinian parishioners hold Mass inside the church, which is still pretty much damaged from Super Typhoon Yutu.

The San Jose Social Hall was destroyed by Super Typhoon Yutu in October last year. The church sustained massive damage, with broken windows, roofs, and doors. Its rehabilitation would cost between $300,000 and $500,000, while the construction of the new and concrete church was estimated at $1.7 million.

In an earlier interview, Rosal said it will take two to three years to rebuild the church.

Raffle tickets, which cost $10, can be purchased at local Saipan parishes or by contacting Rosal at (670) 287-0131.

Iva Maurin | Author
Iva Maurin is a communications specialist with environment and community outreach experience in the Philippines and in California. She has a background in graphic arts and is the Saipan Tribune’s community and environment reporter. Contact her at iva_maurin@saipantribune.com

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