Haiti Mission Ministries

In 2002 our St. 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 St. 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.

Haiti Update Jul 15

Back in 1984, St. Rose agreed to be twinned with a parish in Haiti. The name of our sister parish was Notre Dame de la Merci in a village in the northern plains of Haiti. Fast forward to 2002, when the Ladies Guild could not schedule their “Red Beans and Rice” dinner which diminished the donation to our sister parish. But, God provides! A fairly new parishioner expressed interest in our sister parish and plans were made to raise money for Notre Dame de la Merci parish in Robillard, Haiti. Fast forward to 2018. Our support of our sister parish has been steady and generous.

Throughout the years, the Parish Twinning Program of the Americas has been our source of information. PTPA celebrates this year its 40th Anniversary in Nashville. We do not pay dues to PTPA. And we have leaned on the expertise of other parishes—especially those in the Nashville Diocese—to become educated and be encouraged. Over the 40 years, PTPA has worked with U.S. Catholic parishes to develop twinning relationships with impoverished Catholic communities in Haiti. Since its humble beginnings, PTPA has formed more than 350 twinned parishes—mostly in Haiti.

Theresa Patterson still remains the director of the program. Her vision remains constant: “We need to better understand poverty as a structural problem and we need to open ourselves to new ways of addressing this problem, such as focusing on a community’s strengths more than its needs and the gifts and talents of the poor.” As in life, we have much yet to absorb and learn in promoting self-reliance and seeking sustainable solutions. “We also have an obligation to instill a sense of responsibility in our U.S. twinned parishes to raise our voices in defense of the poor,” continued Patterson. “We hope to expand on these responsibilities and encourage our participants to listen to the poor, to hear their needs and to empower them.” The St. Rose Haiti Ministry continues to look for ways to build on the gifts and talents of the poor at Notre Dame de la Merci. We continue to support the School, the Rose-Merci Clinic, Food 4 School Kids and basic parish needs. We make annual mission trips each year. We have a new project started in February, 2018. We simply call it the “Garden Project” which engages the school children, an agronomist and a volunteer with 5 years of experience teaching children to care for a large garden. We will give you updates from time to time. Yes, growing food is one of the goals. Thank you for your support!

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