Monthly Archives: October 2018
Our faith formation classes are learning to pray and make rosaries during the month of October. Sr. Janet Marie Kurgan stayed a few days longer to work with us. She helped to teach the teens and kids how to make rosaries.
Here you see them learning to dance with the Magnificat!
On Wednesday, October 10, the feast of Blessed Mary Angela, finally arrived; and all was ready for our home and mission to be blessed and dedicated. Everyone had their part to play in making this day special.
Preparation of the altar and sacred space…
Last minute practicing…
The Celebration of the Holy Eucharist began with us giving an introduction, sharing the blessings and power of God’s presence and His call. Mother Angela’s legacy and spirit lives in this place.
The Assembly was filled with our friends and priests.
The Word of God was proclaimed in Creole and English.
Our youth danced before the Lord.
We were playing and singing for the Lord.
TThe children’s celebration began in the afternoon with prayer and song, honoring Blessed Mary Angela. Then, directed by the young people, the children feasted on the buffet food.
October 10 was fast approaching, and so much needed to be done for the Blessing and Dedication of the new Felician Haiti Mission complex.
Preparing the choir… 🎼🎶
Baking Haitian cakes…
Cleaning up the outside grounds of the entrance…
Thank God for our young people!!!!!
It is such a joy to have our sisters with us building relationships. . .
We also welcomed our friend, Eric Moyer, who is here for the dedication and blessing. We always put Eric to work when he comes. This visit, he showed our boys how to set up a new volleyball net.
On Tuesday, October 9, as the sun began to set, we gathered to celebrate the Transitus of Blessed Mary Angela, the foundress of the Felician Sisters. As we contemplated her love and service to all, we, too, embraced her spirit and legacy to make God known, loved and glorified. Blessed Angela, your light we want to be…
Saturday, October 6, began the new year of Faith Formation with our children, who are preparing for Baptism and Communion.
After class, the teachers (who are our youth who have received Confirmation) stayed for Mass.
On Monday, October 8 our sisters shared the gift of their presence visiting our neighbors.
On Sunday, October 7, Sisters Janet Adamcyk, Suzanne Kush, Connie Tomyl, Alicia Adametz and Janet Kurgan arrived safely in Port au Prince. It is joy for us to see five Felician Sisters here in Haiti. 😀
We then made the three hour trip through the mountains that everyone endure well. We thank God for their safe arrival.
We know that some of you were concerned about the earthquake that hit Haiti Saturday evening at 8 p.m. This happened north of the Island and we are south. Please keep those effected in your prayers.🙏🏾
We arrived safely in Jacmel to a delicious Haitian dinner that all loved. May God be praised as we prepare for the Dedication and Blessing on the feast of Blessed Mary Angela, October 10.
On October 3, we joined all Franciscans around the world to remember the passing death of our holy father,
St. Francis. We remember what he asks of us to be and do as peacemakers and missionary disciples of Jesus and Mary.
Francis is a missionary saint. God chose St. Francis to “Go, rebuild my Church” – a call that Francis answered literally by re-building the San Damiano church, as well as by living out his faith in caring for the poor and marginalized. He encouraged others to live simply. Ultimately, the call to “Go, rebuild my Church” was actualized by Francis–reforming the image and lifestyle of clergy, demonstrating the power of simple living, renewing in others the desire to create change. He did this by leading an exemplary life of service – and by calling people to renewed faithfulness to Christ and commitment to His mission. We, as missionaries, must contemplate how we are being called to rebuild the Church today; it is especially needed now during this current crisis and will continue to be needed until the end of time.
“Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words,” is commonly attributed to St. Francis because his life evangelized many, especially given the context of a society where St. Francis’ vow to poverty was a stunning image of the Gospel. He died in 1226. He was canonized two years later by Pope Gregory IX. In 2013,
Pope Francis became the first pope to adopt St. Francis’ name.
To all our Franciscan sisters and brothers, Happy Feast Day!