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Container for Haiti leaves, Lodi, NJ

We are so grateful to the entire Immaculate Conception central convent community, Lodi, NJ, the sisters, employees, benefactors and everyone who helped to “pack the container” to the brim. “May God’s blessings fill your lives.”

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Preparing for Christmas

After we unpacked and got settled in our rooms, we decorated for Christmas with the manger scene and small tree that was donated by a few of our Felician Sisters. Haiti does not have the custom to decorate trees but we noticed in the entrance of the house the figures for the Christmas crèche are waiting to be placed in the church for Christmas Eve. As we write this, the many choirs that are in Sacred Heart parish are practicing for the Christmas Vigil at midnight outside under the trees, that will probably last a few hours. We also prepared small gifts that we received from the States for those who work in the parish.
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We are in Jacmel!

On December 19 we said “bay-bay” (good-bye) to Port-au-Prince and arrived at the Bishop’s house in Jacmel around lunch time. After a warm welcome and lunch, Bishop Launay Saturne took us to Sacred Heart Parish outside of town where we will stay until our home is ready. Sacred Heart Church was one of the first church’s to be rebuilt after the earthquake. Here we were welcomed by the pastor, Fr. Simon and his associate, Fr. Wilner. During our stay here we will continue our Creole classes everyday, meet the priests, religious communities, and different Church communities in the diocese.

Below are some pictures of the Church, the house where we live and the grounds. Notice the mountains that surround us. As we were walking the grounds we noticed the statue of the Sacred Heart that was in the old church that was destroyed in the earthquake. When we saw the statue we heard the famous prayer by Teresa of Avila (1515–1582):

Christ Has No Body

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

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