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On January 1, all Haitians eat pumpkin soup.

The history of pumpkin soup begins with the celebration of Haitian Independence in 1804. On Jan. 1, 1804, Haitians worked together to create a unique soup to celebrate their independence from the French Colonists. Until that time, the Colonists believed that the blacks under their rule could never work together to create anything. Today, the traditional pumpkin soup known as “soup joumou,” is made and served to friends and family in Haiti in remembrance of their fight for freedom.

While under French Colonial rule, Haitians were limited to eating a bland bread soup. They would not have been permitted to eat such an extravagant meal comprised of pumpkin, beef stock and other vegetables. This unique soup was created as a symbol of unity in the face of adversity. It was served to everyone at the first Independence celebration and Haitians continue this tradition today.

Haitians believe the fight for equality isn’t over yet. They believe the pumpkin soup gives them courage to persevere over oppression, both now and in the future.

We look forward to joining in this tradition here in Haiti.

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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Feast of the Holy Innocents is a day of prayer with children in Haiti.

On Friday, December 28, feast of the Holy Innocents we began our day with prayer joining the universal Church remembering all children throughout the world who have lost their lives through senseless violence. We especially remembered the children and adults from Newtown, Ct.

Here in Haiti, this feast is a special day of prayer with children. It begins with Mass, followed by activities.IMG_0509 IMG_0510 IMG_0511 IMG_0512 IMG_0513 IMG_0514 IMG_0515 IMG_0516 IMG_0517 IMG_0519 IMG_0520 IMG_0521 IMG_0523 IMG_0524 IMG_0525 IMG_0526 IMG_0528 IMG_0529 IMG_0530

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

We have been in Haiti for four months and this was the first time we were able to go for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, led by Bishop Launay Saturne. Soon we will have our own chapel and be able to have daily exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

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Posted by on December 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Bingo in Haiti

The day after Christmas, the parish organized for the people a gathering for fellowship. This included many poor people of the parish. The sisters prepared a Bingo game with many useful prizes, such as plastic plates, pots and pans, pitchers for water, shoes, towels and soap. The parish also served a big meal for everyone.

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Posted by on December 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Christmas night with the Youth of St. Michael’s Parish

On Christmas night we were invited to St. Michael’s parish to meet the youth and enjoyed them singing Christmas songs of peace and joy.

It was a great joy to participate in this presentation and it would be even better if we understood everything that was said and sung. Hopefully someday we will!

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Celebrating Christmas day with the priests and sisters of Sacred Heart Parish

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Oil palm tree

Fr. Simon showed us a very interesting palm tree. He said it also grows in Africa and the African people gather its fruits to produce oil, they also eat its fruit. Here in Haiti they do not know what to do with this tree. We tried to eat this fruit and yes, it tastes like oil.

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Posted by on December 27, 2012 in Uncategorized