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.


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:

Our next project will be in April. We will be collecting items to send to our brothers and sisters in Haiti. The date will be announced shortly and we will supply you with a list of items most needed. Let’s consider clothing. Most people probably believe emptying their closets is a pretty straightforward process. The truth is, it's a little more complicated than that. Haiti is a tropical climate. Your boots and parkas are not needed. Think hot climate. Please donate summer wear only, donate clothing that has all its buttons, a working zipper and has no holes or stains. For the most part, children wear the same clothing as our children wear here in the summertime. Women are most likely to wear skirts and shirts. Men are likely to wear long pants and a shirt.

Food insecurity and Protein S Deficiency are widespread in Haiti. Children and adults have smaller bodies. So, there is no need for large sizes—mostly small sizes of clothing are perfect. For example, Haitian men wear belts. We need 24-30-inch belts. No longer. There are individuals in the U.S. who need good used clothing. So, when you clean out your closets, take the warmer clothes, the bigger sizes to Goodwill. When those items are given to us, then we have to take those donations over to Goodwill—not the best use of our time on collection day.

The root of poverty here and in Haiti is from a lack of sufficient income. It’s a WIN-WIN situation when we empty our closets of unneeded clothing. Take time to sort everything into 2 piles—HAITI and GOODWILL.

One more thing. Fr. Andre assures us that nothing we donate to our brothers and sisters in Robillard goes to a market for sale. Every item of clothing is distributed at the parish or up in the hills at the 9 “Chapelles” when Fr. Andre goes at least once a month to celebrate Mass. The hundreds of Haitians that live in the fertile valley is but a small population compared to those who live up in the hills miles from the Church center. Even our Haitian medical staff climbs the hills to provide healthcare. Next week we will supply you with a list of items most needed in our sister parish in Haiti. Together we do make a difference. Wait for the date! No collection until April!

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.