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.

December 6 Update

Although we are so grateful Robillard currently has a low number of confirmed Coronavirus cases, one of our friends has been diagnosed as positive. Vilius Borne, our school principal, had previously been hospitalized and released with Covid. He unfortunately has struggled with ongoing respiratory issues and was readmitted to the hospital late last week. Please pray for his healing and recovery as well as comfort for his wife and three children.

November 1 Update

One of the primary objectives of the school garden is to teach the students about agriculture in Haiti and practical skills for growing food which they can utilize at home. Our agronomist, Renold, has continued to find creative ways to accomplish this. In September, he held a twoday seminar for the students to learn about planting and processing the moringa tree. This is a fastgrowing, drought resistant tree cultivated in many countries where food is scarce. Almost every part of the tree is edible and packed with nutrients. Various parts can also be used for water purification, production of soap and medicinal purposes. Renold hired a trainer to teach the students about planting and processing the tree. He sent pictures and videos of the students in the classroom and the garden as they learned these skills. He said the children were very happy with the seminar and that it was a tremendous success! We pray that these learning opportunities will show the students ways in which they can provide for themselves and their families in the future. Thank you for your continued support of our mission in Haiti!

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