Dear Supporters of our St. Rose Haiti Mission Ministry,
Our team has been busy over the past month prepping for two teams to go to Haiti in a few weeks. Fr. Andre has hired a new doctor for the Clinic. Her name is Dr. Jenny-Flore Tania. She began working November 1, 2017. She is from Cap-Haitien. He also hired another nurse to replace a nurse who moved. The new nurse is Antoine Bibiane Pierre. Yva Etienne is now Chief of the Nursing. The staff at the Clinic is once again complete.READ MORE
Note: This is the third installment of a series Fr. Joe is writing on the history of the Mass and what's going on when we do what we do as Catholics. Some of these things you will already know. Some will be new. We invite you to read all of them, because, even if you have heard them before, it's a good refresher as we start a new liturgical year. These will be posted and archived here.
When the time has come for Mass to begin, we, at Saint Rose, hear the Entrance Antiphon from the Missal then participate in the entrance chant or hymn. The entrance procession is led by the cross since Jesus is meant to lead all Christians through life. If we use incense at the Mass, the incense prepares the way for Jesus by going before him. Usually, there will be two candles flanking the processional crucifix symbolizing Christ as the light of the world. The other ministers who are to serve at the altar follow the Crucifix.READ MORE
Note: This is the second installment of a series Fr. Joe is writing over the next several weeks on the history of the Mass and what's going on when we do what we do as Catholics. Some of these things you will already know. Some will be new. We invite you to read all of them, because, even if you have heard them before, it's a good refresher as we start a new liturgical year. These will be posted and archived here.
When we arrive in the Church, we are called to prepare ourselves for what is about to happen. We are preparing to enter into heaven and participate with all the angels and saints in the eternal banquet of the lamb and joining Mary and the Beloved Apostle standing at the foot of the cross as Jesus offers himself for our salvation. So great a mystery deserves our attention and preparation. When one is invited to an audience with a president or king, he does not arrive with no time to spare or even make his host wait. In the same way, we should do all we can to arrivebefore Mass is to begin since we have been called to the court of the King of Kings.READ MORE
I greet you all with a humble heart because God has been so good to my parish. He has sent theHoly Spirit to allow you in your imagination to see the faces of the children as they gobble downtheir mid-morning meals. We know God's special love for all his family. We discover God's love forus because we experience your solidarity with the poor. These children experience real joy andreal dependence on God's graces. Thank you for your generosity and willingness to do somethingfor the poor of God's family. Your efforts will be repaid by God a hundred fold. May God bless youduring this holy season. May he fill your day with quiet preparation this Advent.
Note: This is the first installment of a series Fr. Joe is writing over the next several weeks on the history of the Mass and what’s going on when we do what we do as Catholics. Some of these things you will already know. Some will be new. We invite you to read all of them, because, even if you have heard them before, it’s a good refresher as we start a new liturgical year.
You’ll notice that starting this past weekend, we have brought back the communion patens during the distribution of Holy Communion. The communion patens serve two purposes. Remember, we, as Catholics, believe that Jesus Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity even in tiny particles of the host. Therefore, the patens provide a protection against the host falling to the ground, and they catch any particles (crumbs) which may fall from the host as it is carried through the air. Since our Lord comes under the appearance of bread and wine, there are bound to be such crumbs, and we want to do all we can to prevent Him being trampled underfoot.READ MORE
All Catholics worldwide begin the Season of Advent thisSunday. Our brothers and sisters, as do we, anticipate the coming to Christmas.But Fr. Andre calls them to remember the need to quiet their spirit and bewatchful over the next weeks. He writes that we can be impatient in everything.
We want to reach the end without delay of this watch-filled time. We areimpatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. Hecontinues to say that our missionary teams who will arrive in Robillard haveheard about the slow work of God in Haiti. The more experienced ones know iteven better and refrain from being critical of the slow work. He calls ourmissionaries, “blessed people”. He urges our new team members to reflect onMary and her patience in waiting for God to reveal His plan. And for those whosupport our Haiti Mission Ministry to review and reflect that God’s plan includesour sisters and brothers in Haiti. God’s plan includes the missionaries St. Rosesends to Robillard. The food the children eat each day at school is part of God’splan. All that St. Rose does to benefit the faithful in Robillard, he believes, is partof God’s work.
he discomfort of waiting and watching with patience. For God is the potter andwe are the clay.
Thank you all for your generosity this past month. We now have enough fundsto support feeding the school children through the end of January. We ask your prayers as volunteers prepare for their mission trip. The two leaders of our mission teams have been busy with all the details of theirtrips. Gloria Kane heads up the Medical Mission team. They will betraveling January 25-February 1. It is a good-sized team: Amy Cox, DianeRousseau, Alicia Russell, Catherine Viers, Robbie Webb, Enrique Martinez,José Castañeda and Trace Harris. Marla West heads up the Building HopeMission team: Mike Sheehan, Jean Harris, Sue Beernink and Mike Jones.Several projects are being planned: new concrete block house, painting 2 newclassrooms and stenciling classrooms. They also take pictures of all the schoolchildren. They plan to travel February 2-9. Thank you, volunteers, for takingtime away from your work and assuming all costs to serve God’s family in oursister parish NotreDame de la Merci.
Several years ago after a fulfilling mission trip to Haiti, we had a meeting to tackle any business at hand. Riding on that high crest of enthusiasm, it was hard to come down to the “valley” from the “mountaintop.” The best part of that moment is when someone remarked that our work in Robillard will never be completed in our lifetime. There was more to do. With smiles across our faces, we went forward. This week we revisit the realization that the fulfillment of God’s kingdom is “already, but not yet.” We are making significant progress to bring health to a community. We are educating children to be literate. We satisfy a spiritual hunger.
God uses our hands to heal and to build structures. And we answer the call to dispense our faith through our touch, smiles and eye contact. And you who support our Mission—those on the “frontlines”—you are providing the help that the missionaries need to serve the hungry, the stranger, those in need of clothing, the sick, and those imprisoned by poverty and ignorance. And they visit with these members of God’s family. In a sense, you are providing the banquet described in Luke 14:12-14--You invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind. And Jesus tells you:” Blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you; for, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous." And we know from Fr. Andre that he prays for our parish each day at Mass and so do his parishioners. They pray in unison, “God bless you!”
Father Andre told us how much the people of Robillard, Haiti look forward to our mission team of nurses and doctors who come to serve them each year. Our arrival is one of great hope that God promises all his children. They see our smiles, soft words and gentle touches come from the Holy Spirit through "les Américains". Right now, our Medical Mission team leader Gloria Kane is looking for people interested in helping with in the Rose Merci Clinic. Medical education is not necessary because we need helpers, too. If you are interested in going, please respond NOW! The St Rose Medical Mission has been set for January 25 to February 1, 2018.READ MORE
Fr. Andre’s visit was such a gift to St. Rose. We want to thank all the parishioners for the warmwelcome. And, thank you for supporting our FUNDING THE FUTURE fund drive. Fr. Andreanticipates an enrollment of 400 children. Parents pay a tuition fee of $6 which goes towardsteacher salaries and maintenance of the school buildings. Parents are expected to provide schooluniforms which can be purchased in flea markets in Cap-Haitien. We used to have the sewingclass offer to make uniforms; but, the materials needed cost more than what is available in the fleamarkets. Our goal for FUNDING THE FUTURE is $10,000. Obviously, a $6 tuition fee doesn’tcover all the cost. But, Fr. Andre believes, and we agree, that when one pays for a service, it isviewed as more valuable than what is free. The average weekly income in Robillard is less than$3.00. Therefore, our donations to FUNDING THE FUTURE supplement the cost of educatingeach child. And, yes, there are children who are fully sponsored. Besides the uniform, each childmust wear underpants, socks and shoes. Some children come to school with mix-matched shoesor flip-flops.READ MORE