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Serve where you are needed…

Mother Mary Angela told her daughters to serve where they are needed. This seems to be the motto of the Mother Angela Clinic, which travels to places where no healthcare facilities are available for miles. On Thursday, January 14, Sister Marilyn went with the clinic to Lavyal. It is a beautiful place up in the mountains. The air is very clear and at least 10 degrees cooler than in Jacmel. At this site, we use the National school building. In each area where we serve the illnesses are different, but all are very serious. So many thoughts go through our minds as we visit each place. In Lavyal, vegetables grow in abundance, and women practice the art of basket weaving to use to sort beans and corn or to place products to sell. Before the clinic starts, Sister Marilyn loves to talk to the people nearby.

This woman has begun her work for the day, weaving baskets to sell in the market. She finds bamboo trees and strips them, dries out the strips and begins to weave. When Sister Marilyn told her she has a gift from God because she was so precise, she said: “ Mesi Bondye, mesi.” Thank you God, thank you!
Nelie collects 100 gourds (74 cents) from each patient, takes their blood pressure, and blood sugar if they are older. Sister Marilyn takes their age, sex and weight. The process moves very quickly so at least 75 patients can be seen within a few hours.
Dr. Yves, who has been with us since the beginning, knows all his patients by name. They come every month to see him. In Lavyal, many people over the age of 40 have extremely high blood pressure and diabetes. With the Mother Angela Clinic, they can be monitored monthly and receive medication.
Babies and children see Dr. Valcin.
In this area, many children have skin infections. This is due to them sleeping on dirt floors. This child is 1 year old; he has this infection everywhere on his body.
This child, about 4 years old, only has it in her ears.
Medications are always needed. We are in great need of vitamins, blood pressure medications, hydrocortisone and other creams for fungus. Here you see Rosemanie putting calamine lotion in a water bottle. This is how we give out our liquid medications. Patients know to bring their own bottles but we still collect them, too.
After Sr. Marilyn helps with taking vital signs for the nurse and doctor, she helps in the pharmacy.
 
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Posted by on January 15, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

On Wednesday, January 6, Faith Formation resumed in the Felician Mission. We now have two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The Church calendar celebrated the feast of Epiphany this past Sunday and, on Monday, we blessed the House. But today, the 6th, is known as the Feast of the Three Kings. The children gathered in groups in our Chapel to see the Wise Men and were asked what gift they could bring to Jesus. We spoke about giving ourselves to God and to one another in faith and how we can be peacemakers in our troubled, sick world.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Sewing classes resume.

On Monday, January 4, sewing classes resumed with Sr. Izzy. Today the students learned how to cut patterns and measure material. As you can see, everyone is enjoying the classes!

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

…proclaiming the praises of the Lord.

On January 2, we were blest to have the Mercidarian Sisters from Wout Lavale for an afternoon of prayer, food and sharing. January 1 and 2 are special holidays here in Haiti. The sisters are originally from the Dominican Republic. Their mission is a medical clinic, which they have run in the Diocese for 18 years. During the time we were quarantined this past March, April and May, the sisters were asked to return to their motherhouse in Santo Domingo. During their absence, the Mother Angela Clinic went to assist the sick people they normally served. Sister Madeline, who is Haitian, had helped us to make contacts in the Dominican Republic in order to purchase medications.

Since none of them drive, we needed to pick them up at their Mission, which is a half hour from Jacmel.

At the Mercidarian Convent in Wout Lavale. Left to right: Sr. Albertine, Sr. Ramona, Sr. Madeline, Sr. Marilyn and Sr. Izzy.
Welcoming the Sisters to the Felician Mission…
Sharing some pictures of our mission…
Touring the grounds…
Sharing the joy of community…
Some Felician gifts to take home…

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Today is Born a Savior, Christ the Lord! Part II

The program for the day continued with some stories, songs and dancing!

We come together because of a special birthday; it is the Birthday of a King, Jesus!
Then it was time to feast on fried chicken, rice and beans, macaroni and cheese, salad, soda and the famous Christmas cookies!
Finally, it was time for what everyone had been waiting. It was time for the end of a perfect celebration…
GIFTS for all!
Everyone of these kids got a bag of gifts and a bag of candy.
Because of you, the joy of the Lord was grasped by all!
No one one was turned away…

Like Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Angels, the Shepherds, and the Three Kings, we saw God’s faithfulness because of you. Because of your generosity and always remembering the Felician Haiti Mission, we and our kids have seen God’s blessings in 2020. We continue to dream, not only for ourselves, but for our Haitian brothers and sisters!

Merry Christmas and a Holy, Healthy New Year!
 
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Posted by on January 1, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Today is born a Savior! Part I

As morning dawn entered the world, especially here in the Felician Haiti Mission, the joy of Christmas was already filling the air. We began with prayer and praise :

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that, as we are bathed in the new radiance of your incarnate Word,
the light of faith, which illumines our minds,
may also shine through in our deeds.

After prayer and breakfast, it was down to work, putting over 200 packages under and around the Christmas tree.

Everyone joined in the setting up….there was no time to waste for children were already gathering by the door.

It was like the Scriptures were being fulfilled in our hearing: “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us. So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.” (Luke 2:15-16) This certainly was true here in the Felician Haiti Mission.

These three got the best seats in the house!
The celebration of Christ’s birth brings all nations together!

The day’s program was led by youth and young adults who directed the program from beginning to end. As always, we began with prayer. Our prayer on this day is always the story of the birth of Jesus!

Gabriel visits Joseph in a dream and tells him not to be afraid to take Mary for his wife for he will be the foster father of Jesus, the Son of God!
They shall call him JESUS, the Savior of the World!
Our Jesus this year was a month old!
The shepherds come to adore him!
The Angels sing Glory to God in the highest and peace to all people!
Gold for the King of Kings!
Frankincense for the Son of God!
Myrrh to be used for his suffering, death and burial!
Singing in Polish “Dzisiaj w Betlejem”!
And, of course, our finale…Feliz Navidad…We want to wish you a
Merry Christmas!🎄🎁
 
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Posted by on December 31, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Felician Haiti Mission celebrates Wiglia

On Christmas Eve, preparations focus on our traditional Wigilia celebration. As with everything, we had to start the preparations ahead of time, so only the last-minute dishes of fish, pierogi, and borsch soup were being baked and cooked. The decorations for the feast were done, and all was ready for sharing the Christmas wafer of pardon and peace. It was a joy to have Eric and his beautiful family with us for this sacred time of sharing and gratitude for the blessings and challenges of the past year.

Eric reads the story of the birth of Jesus!
Sr. Inga tells the story of the Christmas wafer and the meaning of the empty chair and the extra place setting for whoever comes to the door. It is for Jesus.
As soon as we sat down, the doorbell rang. It was Stefanie, one of our teens, so she joined us for Christmas Wigilia.
She was our Jesus visitor.
 
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Posted by on December 29, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

A STAR will lead them …

On Monday, December 21, the great STAR was visible over Jacmel.
All of our kids were looking for the great STAR and followed it to the Felician Mission.
On the morning of December 22, Fr. Lauture JeanClaude, director of Pope John Paul II Catholic School for the Diocese of Jacmel, received a barrel full of school supplies and t-shirts. We thank especially the Archdiocese of Newark Youth Center for the hundreds of t-shirts and all of you who send us school supplies throughout the year.
On December 23, the STAR led Eric Moyer and his family to Jacmel. Left to right: Eric, Abby, his wife Cassandra, Mitchell, Kaitlyn.
By the afternoon, the kids followed the STAR that was to proclaim the birth of JESUS on December 25. They were here to get their
t-shirts and to signup for the great feast.

Abby and Kaitlyn were there to help.

Eric and Jean Philippe work diligently, setting up our new security cameras.
Cassandra gets our 500 plus cookies ready.
Mitchell, with the help of our new pump from Tom Conboy, Director of the Newark Archdiocesan Youth Center, prepared 65 soccer balls for gifts.

The STAR was doing the leading and guiding as preparations were being done in readiness for the Nativity of our Lord, JESUS CHRIST. By the end of the day, we had about 200 kids signed up for the feast. Some more gifts needed to be prepared; a count was taken to be sure that the cookies and candy would feed them all; and a check was made that the decorations would be finished.

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Christmas–Christ coming to our door and asking us to be sister and servant to all!

Everyday, we have the opportunity to encounter Christ in one way or another, through our prayer and community, as well as a simple ring of the bell and knock at the gate. Every month, we get a visit from a very poor woman and her three children. Sometimes they come hungry, always in tattered and dirty clothes, and usually sick. This time it was all of the above; they were totally in need. We looked at each other and agreed: This is Christmas; Christ coming to our door and asking us to be sister and servant.

A mother with her child who is suffering from malnutrition. You can tell by the color of his orange hair.
Sr. Inga prepares Christmas packages of food and treats, clothes and toys.
Sr. Marilyn gives some medication for a fever and some vitamins.
Please pray for this Madam who is pregnant again, with no help or means to have or take care of this child. She is a simple woman who does not know how to read or write.
 
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Posted by on December 22, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Employees Christmas Party

It has become a tradition at the Felician Mission that, on the Sunday before Christmas, we have a special prayer and dinner for our employees. It is a joy for us to celebrate with those who accompany us in serving the poor.

On Sunday, December 20, all those who share the mission with us came for the celebration. The Mother Angela Clinic Team; our cook for the Mother Angela Kitchen; our other workers, together with their spouses and children, joined in a wonderful afternoon of sharing the meaning of Christmas.

As always, we began with prayer and the tradition of sharing the sacred Christmas Wafer. The Word of God was shared from the Gospel of Luke, proclaiming the birth of Christ! Sister Inga shared the meaning of the Christmas Wafer and how we in our Felician family share wishes of peace, love and forgiveness. Being mindful of the COVID-19 virus we broke the wafer in pieces and placed them on individual plates. After using hand sanitizer we shared the wafer taking it from each others plates.

Christmas Wafer…Oplatek
Enjoying a delicious dinner…fried fish from the Caribbean Sea…
…banan, pikles, and dire jon jon! Delicious!
Enjoying some delicious homemade lasagna!
Some dancing!
Taking a moment to say thank you for serving the poor with with us!
Now for the moment everyone waits for…the gifts!
Dr. Valcin was certainly happy getting his gift.
Dr. Yves
Fritz and his daughter, Naida, and John, our grounds keeper.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2020 in Uncategorized