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.

February 23 Update

Carnival in Haiti is called “ Kanaval” in Kreyol and is one of the most anticipated events in the country. Children love Carnival and enjoy participating in the fun. The School Notre Dame de la Merci has planned some special Carnival activities for the children. The older children make paper mache masks while the younger children have painted faces. They all dance and sing along with their friends in parades around the area. This Carnival has a specific theme: “Haiti, on the road to change.” On the roads around Robillard and to the city, the Haitians celebrate freely in the streets. In the city of Cap-Haitien the festivities are elaborate and many Haitians dress in traditional garments full of color. Some disguise themselves as characters, such as the Zel Matirins (dark angels), zombies or (characters from voodoo). Our mission teams have been in Haiti several times during this time. Some thought the costumes were frightening while others found the antics amusing. On the last day of Kanaval, the music is a unique form of Haitian music. Homemade instruments are played: vaccines, drums, maracas, qüiros, metal bells, as well as cylindrical metal trumpets made from recycled coffee cans. The parades are a reminder of the days of slavery under French rule. At the end of the day, the songs in Kreyol accompanied the workers walking home. It was a demonstration of how good they were still doing, even after such hard and meaningless work in the fields.

Barbara Willour

February 16 Update

The Cholera outbreak in Haiti that began in October 2010, affecting over 820,000 people and killing 9,792, has been stopped in its tracks. Yes, Haiti reached a 1-year free-of-confirmed cases this week. The achievement follows concerted efforts from Haiti, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other partner agencies to address the root causes of Cholera, including increased surveillance to detect and respond to possible-flare-ups; the implementation of rapid diagnosis initiatives; and the treatment of cases with adequate rehydration and care.

Rapid detection and testing are key to controlling outbreaks. Adjacent to our medical area, the government built a Cholera Clinic in 2016 which provides services to the surrounding area. Our Rose-Merci Clinic was able to serve our Haitian brothers and sisters during the epidemic in 2010 and subsequent years after the crisis until the government clinic was completed. In Robillard, Haiti, Fr Andre has been able to have 4 wells dug in the compound. All provide potable water. Women and children often walk several miles from their home to get the good water. Their 5- gallon buckets become 30 plus lbs. of water which they carry home in the buckets atop their heads. Fr Andre is also in the process of constructing new toilets/sanitation services for the school children and those who attend church—one building for men, another for women. While cholera is under control for now, we must collectively remain alert and ready to maintain this status. Only when we ensure that our brothers and sisters enjoy access to clean water and sanitation can we breathe more freely. So, we celebrate the actions Fr. Andre has taken to prevent the transmission of Cholera, and other water-borne diseases that are spread through water. We will maintain the wells in the compound which means having the water tested and replacing pumps and parts. The new toilets have septic systems which require maintenance also. Your donations provide all the maintenance needed at Notre Dame de la Merci. Together we do make a difference.

Barbara Willour

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