Week of April 16

04-16-2017Haiti News

As we celebrate Easter with our families this year, let us remember our family in Haiti. We are so blessed in this country with easy access to the basic necessities of life. They struggle everyday to meet these needs, but they have such faith in what God has promised us all through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus. Thank you for continuing to support our brothers and sisters in Robillard, and please include them in your thoughts and prayers this Easter weekend. God bless!

Week of April 9

04-09-2017Haiti News

Marion Sheehan was an energetic woman who loved serving God. In 2002, she offered to help raise the customary gift of $2000 to send to our sister parish in Haiti. Not knowing anything about the country or the sister parish, she sought info. There was little info available. But, she persisted. At a diocesan conference for women she was introduced to another "missionary" to Haiti who enthusiastically began to share her experiences in Haiti. The woman began with, "When you go to Haiti…" At that moment Marion thought, "Wait a minute, I am not GOING to Haiti." Within 4 months she was communicating with a priest at the parish Notre Dame de la Merci in Robillard, Haiti. Thus, began a ministry which to this day is going strong. In her time as leader, Marion organized fundraising to build a Clinic which is fully staffed. Other classrooms were added. Buildings were repaired and painted. Electricity was expanded from a single generator. Clear water flows from four wells.

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Week of March 26: A Success Story

03-26-2017Haiti News

The Haiti committee would like to thank everyone for their generous donations to our sea container collection last weekend. We were overwhelmed with the generosity of our parish. This year's collection yielded 150 boxes to ship to Haiti, which is the largest collection we have had since working with our sister parish. We would especially like to thank the Hispanic community for their donations and volunteer work as well as the children of St. Rose for their part in collecting items for the shipment. A special thank you to everyone who helped last weekend in boxing the donations. In addition to the clothes, clinic supplies and many other items donated for the community, the children and teachers of Notre Dame de la Merci School will now have the supplies they need to make this school year successful. Thank you again and God bless!

Week of March 12: A Success Story

03-12-2017Haiti News

As an extension of our support of Pre-K through 6th grade, we have been working with young adults who desire to work for a college education-specifically in Nursing. At the local university in Cap-Haitien, there is a 4 year program for Nursing. Fr. Andre proposed that the student may have tuition covered IF the student agrees to repay the tuition upon graduation by serving one year at Notre Dame de la Merci. This year, the mission team had the opportunity to see the fruits of this agreement.

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Week of March 5

03-05-2017Haiti News

Our donations to our brothers and sisters in Haiti will be collected in the Jo Call Room on Sat, Mar 18 from 4:00-7:00pm. Then on Sun, Mar 19 from 8:00am- 2:00pm.

  • Please fold all kid's clothing.
  • All shoes should be clean.
  • Tropical Climate.
  • Keep in mind that electricity is precious.
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Week of February 26

02-26-2017Haiti News

Gloria Kane has forwarded this report. Bonjour from Haiti! We arrived without delay on Thursday a fternoon. Fr Andre and Fr Michel were at the airport to transport us via trucks back to Robillard. Always a bumpy ride! We unpacked medicines which were donated through St. Thomas Hospital and worked with Haitian staff to set up the Rose-Merci Clinic and determined who would work where. Friday morning there was Mass and then breakfast. The Rose-Merci Clinic started with a prayer in both English and Kreyol for our doctors, Haitian doctors, nurses, support staff and patients. Midday we took a break to celebrate the birth of a healthy baby boy. We treated 57 patients and most had lab tests and medications. We took a well-deserved break for lunch and a brief rest period since we were not accustomed to the heat and humidity. In the afternoon, lab tests were studied and any adjustments in medicines and treatment follow up were done. Supper was a wonderful time for enjoying a good meal and chatting. We decided to go up into the hills the next day and have a mobile clinic which meant carrying supplies and medical equipment. The Chapelle Lonquest has an open shelter and is used for various activities including the celebration of Mass.

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Week of February 19

02-19-2017Haiti News

We would like to wish our Medical Mission and Trades in Training teams a safe journey to Haiti this week. The team members are: Gloria Kane, leader, Dr. Bob Dray, Dr. Liz Maxwell, Janet Brown, Laurie Gibbs, and Pam Pitman. Marla West is supervising construction on a meeting site up in the hills called Chapelle Chiron. The team left this past Thursday and will return February 23. Please pray for God to work through them as they serve our brothers and sisters in Robillard. Thank you to all who continue to support our mission in Haiti!

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Week of February 12

02-12-2017Haiti News

We would like to wish our Medical Mission and Trades in Trainingteam a safe journey to Haiti this week. They will be leaving thisThursday and staying for seven days. Please pray for God to work through them as they serve our brothers and sisters inRobillard. Thank you to all who continue to support this mission!

Week of February 5

02-05-2017Haiti News

So, why do feed our school children in Notre Dame de la Merci?

  • 30% of children under the age of five are stunted (low height for age).
  • 19 % are underweight (low weight for age).
  • 10 % of the children are considered wasted (low weight for height).

All three visual clues also mean that the children will eventually suffer from under-development of the brain and cognitive capacity. The meal the children have daily is rich in vitamins, protein, carbohydrates, and is tasty. Our goal is to improve their health, concentration in the classroom and prevent diseasesthrough periodic check- ups in the Rose-Merci Clinic.

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