Sr. Izzy’s second group of students are learning how to choose and cut material and how to use the sewing machine. It is a delight to see them grow and learn.
Monthly Archives: May 2021
Water for Life was here in the Mission from May 3-6, digging water wells for us, for St. John Paul II School, for the new bakery site, and for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Cayes-Jacmel.
Water For Life’s mission is to provide clean drinking water; irrigation for farming opportunities; education; and other means of assistance to the Haitian people. The goal is to keep their bodies clean and free from diseases; to raise healthy, happy children; and to restore dignity and meaning to impoverished lives.
After the pipes are placed, the well is capped. Now we wait for what kind of pump will be the best for the well.
After they finished in our area, the team went to John Paul II School. At first, they could not enter the area with the big truck and machine. so it was decided to cut through the gate…
Next, they tried to go to the place where we are going to build the bakery. Due to the heavy rains, however, we have to wait. The area was too muddy for these heavy machines. The crew went to a fourth place in Cayes Jacmel and began to dig, but they burned a few hoses and needed to stop. The team will return in a few weeks after they get new hoses.
We are so grateful to Dr. Jean Paul Bonnet and his friends, who made this all possible. Yes, where there is water, there is life.
Our parish community, Sts. Phillip and James, gathered for nine days of prayer in preparation for the parish feast, including prayers for the political situation, the kidnappings and the violence that plaque the country of Haiti. Everyday people gathered for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and prayers for freedom from these difficult times. The faith of our people witnesses to us that God is here and among His people.
On Friday morning, we got word that those who were held hostage by the kidnappers had been released. Prayers were answered. We do not know any details regarding how, when, or where; but we are very grateful for their release.
On Saturday, May 1, we joined with the Diocese of Jacmel as they celebrated their patronal feast of Sts. Phillip and James. This date was chosen since the diocese was founded on this date and has traditionally celebrated their feast on May 1. Priests from the Diocese and the choir gathered at our Mission for the procession.
We welcomed Auxiliary Bishop Ducange Sylvain from Port au Prince, who who presided and preached for the Mass. His word of encouragement and hope for Haiti filled the gathered assembly.
After Mass, we had an opportunity to share with some of the priests from Port au Prince. They shared their stress and fear. The freedom of the people is being taken away because no one can get to work or school because of the demonstrations and the fear of being kidnapped. Please continue to pray for Haiti.