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.

Haiti Update:

Our shipment is scheduled to arrive in the capital on May 15. Fr. Andre has been sent a list of our shipment so his men can count and verify all that goes into the truck headed north to Robillard. Once the truck arrives, the contents are counted again and sent in all directions—Clinic, Maternity Center, Infirmary, Library, Rectory, and School. The clothing takes several weeks to distribute among the families in need that live in the valley and those that live up in the hills.

Last week was the National Agriculture and Labor Day. The school children came dressed in play clothes and spent hours in the sunshine working in their garden. The agronomist, Reynold, the Principal of the School, Vilius Borne, and Jodeline worked with the children who filled pots with soil and planted seeds to produce seedlings. The children had their morning meal outside and enjoyed the freedom of the classroom. Daniel Tillias who helped us mastermind the GARDEN PROJECT, has turned the slum community in Port-au-Prince into a huge garden. The community grows everything from trees to fruits and vegetables. We are committed to a 5-year plan to see where it all goes and how we can participate from across the Caribbean. Hopefully, this project can somehow change the plight of FOOD SECURITY in the future God willing.

I received a call from Fr. Andre last week who put Dr. John Carroll on the line. Dr. Carroll is a part of a larger community who serves in Haiti. He showed up one night in November 2010 to volunteer in our Clinic caring for patients during a cholera outbreak. Fr. Andre was new to Robillard, but he had used the Internet to tell friends about his troubles and somehow, Dr. Carroll learned of Fr. Andre’s distress. He came from Peoria, Illinois to serve in Robillard. He stayed for 3 weeks and helped the Clinic staff deal with the crisis. Dr. Carroll wanted to tell me what a difference the support from St. Rose has made to this village. He complimented the facilities and the staff Fr. Andre has hired. He was so supportive of our efforts to provide a daily meal for the school children and how healthy they have become since his first visit.

The Maternity Center that does prenatal and postnatal care has also resulted in healthier babies and toddlers. He wanted to urge St. Rose Church to continue our efforts to make a difference in this village. I wanted you to know this story because it is YOU that make a difference. With the companionship and guide of the Holy Spirit, may we continue our calling 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

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.