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.

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.

Special announcement:

Fr. Andre Sylvestre just wrote us a note. Thanks be to God and all the prayers from St. Rose that my staff and parishioners survived the two hurricanes. We had not cleaned up the fields and broken homes before the second hurricane touched us. Hurricane Maria did even more damage to everything, all our vegetable gardens, many cattle and goats were destroyed. And fragile houses also collapsed. Many roofs need to be replaced. All of this can be replaced but few people have extra money to buy materials and animals right now. No human lives were lost in the 2 hurricanes. My parish had a beautiful day to celebrate our patron saint day on September 24. Our archbishop and 30 priests celebrated the Mass. The church was full of people and many stood outside to join the celebration. We are all grateful for the grand celebration. I have been so busy with the start of school that I have little time to do many chores waiting for my attention. The 2 systems of power are broken as you know. I have yet to go to the city in my new truck to purchase 16 batteries for one system. Thank you, St. Rose, for donating funds to replace the batteries. Soon I will send photos. I am still waiting for the new inverter for the second system. Thank you again for your donations. Thanks to St. Rose, we have these two systems and soon will have electricity in all parts of buildings that are wired.

The school children are happy to be in school. First, because they receive a meal. Second because they like to learn. The tests given at the end of the school year in June, proves that they are learning and progressing. When they must begin to learn how to understand French, school is difficult. Then they must learn to read French. Finally, they must learn to write in French. In 6th grade, all their tests in 10 subjects are in French. In 6th grade, all their tests in 10 subjects are in French. God bless all of you at St. Rose for your generosity. I hope you know how important you
are to the lives of many at Notre Dame de la Merci in little Robillard. I hope you know that my parishioners pray for you daily and I tell them that you all are praying for us. Our God is good!

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

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.