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for the life was made visible; we have seen it… 1 John 1:2-3

On Christmas Day our chapel was transformed into Bethlehem. It was filled throughout the day with children and young people who came to adore the newborn King, Christ the Lord. With each group, we shared the story of Christ’s birth and His coming among us. During the singing of “Angels We Have Heard on High,” each person came forward to adore Jesus. Some of our children were very poorly dressed, and we thought about the Shepherds who came from the fields to worship Jesus. Everyone received a gift from Jesus. For the children that we have been working with this past year, we had special gifts prepared. The children we had never seen before were given bags of candy and little stuffed animals. It was truly as if God had provided the gifts for his little ones. We had enough for everyone. After we shared a delicious meal prepared by the ladies in the community. We added our own baked goods, too.

We both shared that this was the most meaningful Christmas we have ever had in our lives.

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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Emmanuel, God with us!

Today we bring tidings of great joy; for you, today, is born our Savior, Christ the Lord. Wishing you–our Felician family, our families and friends–a blessed and holy Christmas season.

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Posted by on December 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Christmas is close…

We are very aware that our children and their families do not have the opportunity to share and celebrate Christmas the way we know it. Knowing this, we decided to make this Christmas special for them. We started preparing with the children spiritually–every Sunday evening during Advent we had catechesis, prayer and singing (all in Creole). They are great listeners and singers!

For the past few days, we have been preparing gifts and food. We baked peanut butter cookies and went to the market with our Haitian cooks for the food to be prepared for our Christmas dinner for our community. We are expecting about 50 people on Christmas Day.

Being busy with these preparations, we almost forgot about Wigilia for ourselves. Until now, we have been living in places where Wigilia was prepared for us😊. We decided to make pierogi. This was a first for us😉.

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Posted by on December 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

We are grateful for friends of our Felician mission

Without our friends from all over the world helping us, we would never be able to help others. Our Sister Honorata gathered some of her Polish friends to help pack boxes of donated items to be sent in our container. Phil Vaz, who works with our Felician Sisters in Lodi, NJ, brought these boxes to East Amherst, NY, where the container was being prepared. We thank all those who have made this shipment possible.

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Posted by on December 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

FSAH–Felician Sisters Artists Haiti

Our young Felician artists keep coming to our door with their future plans and ideas, even though we said we will meet with them after January 6, 2014. One day they asked for our Felician t-shirts to show that they are a part of our community here. The next day they came to the door dressed in our t-shirts, wanting their photo taken. So here they are…

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Posted by on December 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Kizin Manman Angela, Blessed Angela’s Kitchen

Another project done by Sr. Francis while she was in Jacmel was the painting of our Haitian kitchen wall. The kids organized themselves around her, and they all wanted to help her. They appeared very quickly and did not want to leave for a moment. What Sr. Francis had first designed was not the finished creation because the kids took over. This wall is the work of many hands, something Mother Angela would love.

The morning after Sr. Francis left, we noticed that there was a meeting of our young kids with our older boys. They were having a meeting about a new club they wanted to start. The older boys came to us with a proposal to begin an art program called “Felician Sisters Artist Haiti.” They have some creative ideas and projects. After Christmas, we will be looking into this project. Sr. Francis, you need to come back!

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Posted by on December 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Visitors from Buffalo, NY

After we returned from the Conference today, we had visitors from St. George Parish, Buffalo, NY. They are involved in the Twinning Program with St. Michael the Archangel Parish located just outside of Jacmel in the mountains. They heard about our mission in Jacmel from our Sisters in Buffalo. They have a medical clinic and help to support a water purifying system for the villages that the parish serves.

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Posted by on December 15, 2013 in Uncategorized