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Living the resurrection …

We have living stations of the cross as we remember how Jesus suffered and died, and we also believe we have the living resurrection in our midst. The resurrection of Jesus is alive and seen in so many circumstances here. The resurrection assured us that life does not end; it changes and we have hope. We dwell in hope because we know that the best is yet to come. The resurrection gives us hope and confidence for the future. There is hope that we can have joy and peace in the midst of the despair. There is hope that there will come a new heaven and a new earth. There is hope of eternal life. Our hope comes from the resurrection of Christ. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again into a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (I Peter 1:3).

Today we were able to give witness to this hope and to bring hope. You may remember a week or so ago, we shared with you Vilcia’s story and her diagnosis of malaria. She had the medication, but she was getting weaker. Dr. Yves, the director of the Mother Angela Clinic called her last week to see how she was…no better. He surmised it may be something else, maybe TB. So Vilcia went to the hospital to be tested. Sure enough, she tested positive. She is now taking medication, but all who visit her must wear a mask. As we made our Easter resurrection visit and prayed with her, we saw a woman so weak who before had a bit of strength. All we kept saying in our prayer over her was–In the name Jesus Christ who is risen, be healed. It made the resurrection even more real for us today.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Holy Saturday … and so we wait…

“I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants, I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated.” (Taken from Holy Saturday Homily)

Yes, we are waiting for the great Vigil of vigils. Traditions are kept here with the coloring of eggs and the blessing of the Easter foods.

Seeing the Easter tables from all sides.

Fr. Valcin blessed the food. He has done this for us for the past few years.

Giving Fr. Valcin a homemade babka.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Walking the Way of the Cross with our people in Jacmel.

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you; because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world. Early in the morning, at 6:30 a.m., the people of Jacmel gather to begin our pilgrimage with the Lord and His holy Cross. It is a spiritual experience to watch and pray.

The journey is like being in Jerusalem, with people even selling things from the market. Others were watching the crowd from rooftops and listening to the singing and prayers as we gave witness to our Christian Faith.

As we participate in these days and know the situation of today, we ask God for mercy and peace. May we see an end to all violence that prevails in this country. As we walked the way, these words came to mind:

“Finally, taking up your cross and being willing to give up your life means living in a faith that believes that nothing is impossible for God. As James Martin puts it, this means accepting that God is greater than the human imagination. Indeed, whenever we succumb to the notion that God cannot offer us a way out of our pain into some kind of newness, it’s precisely because we have reduced God down to the size of our own limited imagination. It’s possible to accept our cross, to live in trust, and to not grow bitter inside pain only if we believe in possibilities beyond what we can imagine; namely, if we believe in the resurrection.”

Excerpt From

The Passion and the Cross

Ronald Rolheiser

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Chrism Mass

Every year on the morning of Holy Thursday, the Diocese of Jacmel has their Chrism Mass. Our new Bishop gathered with all the priests of our diocese. This year, they wanted to gather the priests in our mission complex and to also have their reception after the Mass. Thank God, we were not the ones responsible for the food! This had already been arranged. However, this meant we needed to be here to receive the priests and to help with some of the preparations for the reception. So we had to offer up the fact that we could not participate in the Mass.

It was a blessed sight to see all our priests with their Bishop, getting ready to renew their priestly promises.

The oils were also ready to be brought to the Church for consecration by the Bishop: Oil of The Sick, Oil of Catechumens, and Oil of Chrism.

After the Mass, Bishop Marie Errick and all the priests, deacons, seminarians, and religious returned to our place for the reception.

A Sister of St. Vincent de Paul, who was among the group, wwas from Krakow, Poland. This was a delight for Sr. Inga.

We think our new Bishop likes our place!

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Holy Week retreat for our teens!

On Wednesday, April 17, our teens gathered for retreat led by Father Duckensen, a newly ordained Vincentian priest. Our theme was from Pope Francis’ new document for the youth, “Christ is Alive!”

As morning broke, we had torrential rains, which delayed when we were to begin. Thanks be to God, slowly but surely, they arrived one by one; and 22 young people shared in the day.

The day began with Praise and Worship, followed by a conference with Fr. Duckensen sharing highlights from the document, especially God’s love for young people. There was a short break with special pastries that our girls had made the day before.

The youth were then given different parts of Chapter 4 from the document that speaks about three truths of God’s Love; Jesus dying on the Cross for us; and Living with the Holy Spirit in our lives. All had time for personal reflection and then large group sharing with Father, as well as time for questions.

The teens had an open question and answer time with Father Duckensen. They shared their reflections on the document.

After a chicken dinner and fellowship, the teens prepared for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Confessions.

The day ended with Mass.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Prayers and Blessings from our family to yours!

This is our family here in the Felician Haiti Mission. Today, as we enter Holy Week, they helped prepare for the procession and welcomed God’s people to our home.

From left to right: Jean Philip, Ludwica, Sr. Inga, Sr. Marilyn, Annette, Gesmar, and Malthilda.

Look, we pray, O Lord, on this your family,
for whom our Lord Jesus Christ
did not hesitate to be delivered into the hands of the wicked
and submit to the agony of the Cross. Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Palm Sunday in Jacmel

Preparing the palms for Palm Sunday…

On this day, the Church recalls the entrance of Christ the Lord into Jerusalem to accomplish his Paschal Mystery. There is a special Procession or the Solemn Entrance before the Mass. The Solemn Entrance began on our mission property with our new Bishop presiding. The people started to gather at 6:30 a.m., ready with their palm branches.

Bishop Marie Erick Glandas prepares for the celebration.

Hosanna to the Son of David; Mt 21:9
blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord,
the King of Israel.
Hosanna in the highest.

Dear brothers and sisters,
since the beginning of Lent until now
we have prepared our hearts by penance 
and charitable works.
Today we gather together 
to herald with the whole Church
the beginning of the celebration 
of our Lord’s Paschal Mystery,
that is to say, of his Passion and Resurrection.
For it was to accomplish this mystery
that he entered his own city of Jerusalem.
Therefore, with all faith and devotion,
let us commemorate
the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation,
following in his footsteps,
so that, being made by his grace partakers of the Cross,
we may have a share also in his Resurrection and in his life.

Dear brothers and sisters,
like the crowds who acclaimed Jesus in Jerusalem,
let us go forth in peace.

As the Lord entered the holy city, the children of the Hebrews proclaimed the resurrection of life. Waving their branches of palm, they cried:  Hosanna in the highest.

When the people heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they went out to meet him. Waving their branches of palm, they cried:  Hosanna in the highest.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2019 in Uncategorized