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.

October 13 Update

In November, we will have our annual fundraiser to support the needs of our sister parish in Haiti. We sponsor classrooms of children from Pre-K through 6th grade. The Pre-K enrollment is currently 235 children. Matrons assist young children to go to the toilet and learn to wash their hands afterwards. Bringing children into the school setting so young has its benefits. If there are health issues, they can be identified and addressed. This is especially critical if the child shows signs of malnutrition. Our Clinic has a fine intervention program to turn the malnourished children into a healthy child in 6-8 weeks. Another benefit is the school feeding program. Children any age cannot learn in school if they are hungry. At 4:00 AM the cooks assemble outside the kitchen and start the wooden fires. Large pots of rice are cooked. Lots of beans are added to provide protein. Typical Haitian spices are added to the sauce---yes, it is spicy! The cooks carry the pots from classroom to classroom dishing up mounds of rice over which they pour the sauce. The entire program to feed all the children is $1500 a month. With so many children in each classroom, each teacher has 1 or 2 assistants. This level teaches the child a basis of the French language which is essential to success in Kindergarten and thereafter.

September 29 Update

THE next missions to Robillard, Haiti will be in February before Ash Wednesday and March during Lent. If you would like to go on one of these Missions, consider serving in specific areas. In February we will improve the playground and assemble a large swing set, work in the Clinic and paint some school buildings. In March, we will work in the gardens, visit the classrooms and take school pictures. Daniel Tillias will be there to work in the gardens. Both Mission teams will visit the Citadelle Laferrière with translators. Meeting to cover trip preparations will be covered before Christmas. The airlines travel is American Airlines—Nashville to Miami to Cap Haitien, Haiti (15 miles from our village). We do not travel through the capital Port-au-Prince. We recommend that the team travels together at all times. You pay for your own transportation, the board and room which costs $25 per day. The translators accompany groups at the local airport, at the Clinic, in the gardens, in the classrooms and on the playground and the fieldtrip. There is daily Mass and of course one Mass on Sunday. School will be in session at this time. Send an email to me at if you want to receive further information barbara.willour@comcast.net. WE DO NEED YOU!

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