Even though at times we don’t have electricity, we never need to worry about having an alarm clock to get us up in the morning. Living below us are a turkey and a rooster that are now “cock-a-doodle-doing” every hour on the hour for these past few nights. They especially begin their shrill-singing at 4:30 a.m.
Monthly Archives: March 2016
The kids are still on Easter vacation so this morning our young girls came to make bracelets. Sr. Adrianna helped the girls with choosing their colors and got involved in bracelet making. I helped some of our boys paint Mickey Mouse Easter cards. And, of course, we needed to have some fun with the famous parachute games.
Today we had our Easter Mass at 3 p.m. The young people helped to prepare the altar and did the readings for the Mass. Some of our teen boys, who were baptized and received Holy Communion last year at the Easter Vigil, have been preparing to be altar servers, so today they served the Mass.
After Mass, through the generosity of one of our Sisters, the kids were given Easter cupcakes and Coca Cola! May God bless you and thank you for helping us to celebrate the Risen Life of Christ in our midst!
Święconka meaning “the blessing of the Easter baskets,” is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions done on Holy Saturday.
Our Felician community, which was founded in Poland, keeps this special tradition. Every Felician house around the world celebrates Święconka. The foods have a symbolic meaning:
* eggs – symbolize life and Christ’s Resurrection
* bread – symbolic of Christ
* lamb – represents Christ
* salt – represents purification
* ham and kielbasa – symbolic of great joy and abundance.
The blessed food remains untouched according to local traditions until Easter Sunday morning.
Even here in Haiti, we keep the tradition. Today, our Father Mise blessed our Easter food.
On Good Friday, it is holy tradition in Jacmel that the people gather at 6:00 a.m. to walk the Way of the Cross. Thousands of people gathered to pray and to stop at each Station that people in different neighborhoods had created. The youth of the city re-enacted each moment of Christ’s Way of the Cross. The service finished at 11:30 a.m., after which all then prepared to go to their parishes for the 3:00 p.m. Good Friday services.
On Thursday, March 24, in the morning, the Diocese of Jacmel gathered to celebrate the Chrism Mass. It was during this special celebration with the Bishop that the oils to be used for the Easter Vigil and the sacraments were consecrated and our priests renewed their commitment to the Bishop and the Diocese.
In the evening, we participated in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at Sacred Heart Church in the next town. This was the Parish where we stayed for a month when we first came to Jacmel. It was a beautiful service that lasted three hours. The reverence and the call to servant leadership was an invitation given to all of us. As we celebrated the gift of Eucharist, we then entered these solemn days of the Lord’s suffering and passion.
Lord Jesus, help us to respect the dignity of each person we meet…even amidst the face of the world’s terror and violence which we experienced this week in Belgium. This Triduum help each of us — especially those who are victims of terror — to trust in God’s boundless mercy, to reach out to all those in need, and to open ourselves to the goodness of one another. Thank you for the gift of Eucharist. May our families, neighbors, friends, our church community each be united as members of your body. Help us, Lord, to recognize and revere your presence when people reach towards others and seek to include them in the benefits of our community. May we help to build and support and celebrate the community that you would have us become. 🙏🏽🍞🍷Do this in remembrance of me!
On Saturday afternoon, May 19, our young people gathered to commemorate the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem with blessed palm branches, the reading of the Passion, and the Celebration of the Eucharist. With the help of our young people, we prepared the palms, while others prepared the readings.
Three years ago on the Feast of St. Joseph, we began the Mother Angela Mobile Clinic in the Diocese of Jacmel. As of today, the clinic goes to twelve places in the mountains, providing medical care and medication to the poor. We started with one doctor, one nurse, a pharmacist and a driver. Now, because of the many people we serve, we have two doctors and an extra nurse who assists two days a week.
We continue to ask for 100 gourdes (less then $2) for consultation and whatever medications the patient needs. Of course, if our people cannot pay anything, the service is still provided. Our clinic goes to various chapels in the mountains to serve the needs of the sick.
It is because of people like you, who help us with your donations, that we can provide this needed mission in Haiti. We pray for all of you everyday and ask St. Joseph to intercede for you. May God bless you!