Haiti Mission Ministries

In 2002 our Saint Rose Haiti Mission Committee was formed. Our sister parish is Merci Parish in Robillard, Haiti. We were partnered with them through the Parish Twinning Program of the Americas (PTPA).This program has joined 350+ parishes in the United States and Canada with parishes in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. 100% of donations received are sent to Notre Dame Parish.

Haiti Mission Statement

We, the parish family of Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church commit to answer God’s call by:

  • supporting our Haitian brothers and sisters at Notre Dame de la Merci through prayers, financial assistance and personal encounters.
  • becoming One In Christ by sharing faith, life experiences and cultures.

Goals and Purpose

We commit to Jesus’ command to take care of the poor. We provide opportunities to support our Haitian brothers and sisters at Notre Dame de la Merci in Haiti. We encourage those who are called to be missionaries to go to Haiti and share our faith. With these personal encounters and visits from the pastor in Haiti, we grow in the Spirit and are changed.

Responsibilities

  • Annual Spring Shipment (April/May): Find storage for collected items, prepare publicity, collect items to go to Haiti, help sort and pack items, help take boxes to the warehouse.
  • Funding the Future (Summer): Provides tuition for school children, arrange publicity, mount pictures of children on display boards, collect donations, give pictures and certificates.
  • Mission Trips: Sign up to go on a mission trip to Haiti, assist coordinators in obtaining needed items.
  • Hospitality: Host visitors for lunch and supper, take visitors to interesting places and activities. Communications: Design posters, research and develop information for bulletins, contact newspaper and radio stations, create PowerPoint presentations, maintain a website.
  • Committee Meetings: Attend meetings, share information. Recruit New Haiti Mission Committee Members: Through personal contact with parishioners. Food 4 Kids: Help raise interest in funding basic mid-morning meals to feed the children at the parish school (September – June). Volunteers are asked to attend meetings for 1-2 hours per month. If you are looking to develop humility, step right up! Together we do make a difference.

March 8 Update

Our ministry was begun in 2002 with the first mission team traveling to our sister parish Notre Dame de la Merci in Robillard. We knew nothing about Haiti before that first visit. With guidance from the pastor Fr. Jean Raynold Michel, we found our purpose, our calling. The Rose-Merci Clinic was built in 2005. Our hope was to provide good, basic health care to the Haitians living in and around Robillard. Since that time, we have supported the talent of medical personnel who are the heart of the Clinic. About half of your donations keep this facility in top condition. As a related basic need became apparent, we began to provide a mid-morning meal each day for the school children. We have seen great improvement in the health of the population, especially the children, pregnant women and newborns. God willing, we will continue to serve our Haitian brothers and sisters. We do ask for your prayers. Haiti is not doing well economically. In our sister parish, the people express the fear they feel because of events over the last 18 months that challenge the well-being of all. St. Rose has been our source of faith and support. Please call upon the Holy Spirit to guide us and help the good people of Notre Dame de la Merci.

March 1 Update

The school Notre Dame de la Merci remains in session. In fact, Karnaval (Kreyol language) was not organized this year because of the threat it could bring to the roads and the nearby city of Cap-Haitien. Usually the Ministry of Education fixes an assessment each December, April and June. It was important that the children had not been in school for two months because of civil unrest. So, the first assessment was fixed for February 17-21. Some grade levels began to hold classes on Saturdays in January to make up lessons missed. The principal Vilius Borne prepared the tests for each grade. He wrote the questions for each teacher. In grades 1-4, there are 2 classes each. In grades 5 and 6, there is one class each. Each and every day there were classes, the children were fed a nutritious meal. This was repeated during those extra sessions on Saturdays. Vilius will let us know how the children progressed in their school work even though the academic year was seriously interrupted. Saturday classes will continue throughout Lent to recover the time needed to cover the required material. Of course, we will continue to provide meals each day. Teachers may also choose to eat the same meals with the children. This is our 17th year of serving our brothers and sisters at the Parish Notre Dame de la Merci. We continue to ask for your prayers that we be good stewards of your generous donations.

Fr. Andre Sylvestre asylvestre9@gmail.com 

Faith in Action

  • 11 mission trips to Robillard
  • Rose/Merci health clinic
  • Funding the Future education sponsorship
  • Renovation of buildings
  • Living quarters for visitors
  • Security wall around school compound
  • 2 new school buildings (grammar & vocational)
  • 12.5kw industrial diesel generator for electric power
  • Clean water filtration system
  • Annual shipment of goods to Notre Dame
  • Satellite dish installed for internet service