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Another earthquake strikes…

This morning at about 8:30 a.m., we experienced an earthquake. We were in our rooms, praying when each of us experienced something different. One sister thought she was dizzy; another felt her room spin; and another felt her chair shake so she thought the cat was underneath the chair. Sr. Inga yelled, “Earthquake; get out of the house!” Without hesitancy, we all ran. As we went outside, we could hear everyone in our area yelling and screaming. Dogs and animals were also crying out! We are okay, and there is no damage here. Now we are in danger of a tsunami. Please pray for Haiti!

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

First Holy Communion

On Sunday, August 8, 16 young children and teens celebrated their First Holy Communion at the Felician Haiti Mission. After two years of faith formation at our mission, the children and teens were ready to receive for the first time the Body and Blood of Jesus. Preparations for the day were many, and it took a village to make it happen.

Two months ago, the measuring and sewing began as Sisters Izzy and Julitta went to the market to buy the materials for the communion dresses and robes. After taking measurements, the sewing began with the help of Junior and Rosemarie who made the crowns. There was the learning and practicing of dances and, of course, choir rehearsal.

We also wanted to be sure everyone had the opportunity to continue the celebration. With the help of Annette, Adeline and Melinda, the sisters made and beautifully decorated 16 cakes.

The Lord gave us a beautiful sunny day to embrace us all, especially those who received him in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist for the first time.

The children were ready, and the procession began with joy and praise. The children prepared the readings, the intercessions and two liturgical dances–one for the Gloria and one for the Magnificat after Communion. After the final blessing, the children processed to the statue of Mary to offer their hearts and to ask Mary for protection in this life as they make their journey to Heaven.

Sisters Izzy and Julitta made all the dresses and the boy’s clothing.
Sister Inga, with the help of her catechists prepared the children. For two years the children have been participating in our Faith Formation Program.
The Choir!
“He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
“He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
“He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
Magnificat!
 
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Posted by on August 11, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Felician Mission: Haiti celebrates the Sacrament of Baptism

On Saturday, August 7, the Felician Haiti Mission celebrated the sacrament of Baptism for twelve young people and one adult. It was a beautiful day that the Lord had made to welcome new disciples into the Church.

Fr. Samson Pierre presided over the Baptism.
Be sealed with the holy Chrism for strength; may the Holy Spirit enter into your body.
I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Put on the white garment of Christ.
Receive the Light of Christ, and light up the world.
 
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Posted by on August 10, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Volunteers in Mission teach our young adults English online

Two of our young adults are learning English with the help of some volunteers from the United States. Missionary Discipleship comes in many ways.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

“If we find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company. We are indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins, and receive us as your own.” Exodus 34:9

On Tuesday, after our Adoration and Evening Prayer, we made our way on the streets to visit one of our kid’s sick grandma.

We recognize God’s presence before us and know what a treasure we have…As we ponder the Word of God today, we pray that we, too, will be transformed and radiant with joy from our encounters with the Lord. It means a lot to our kids for us to visit them in their homes; but it means even more for us. We know where they come from, their living conditions, what they endure, and what they only know of this life. We appreciate more what we have and are blessed to have here in our Mission. We are grateful for a simple fan so we can sleep; a roof that does not leak; our own bed so we do not have only the floor to sleep on. The Lord wants us to keep showing our love, His love, and to care for each of His people. These, too, are God moments before the Lord, entering His tent of grace to become radiant with His grace. This is where the Kingdom of God is for us, our treasure for us, our faith, and desire to have His Word fulfilled in us and, most of all, in all our brothers and sisters.


Extol the Lord, our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for holy is the Lord, our God.🙏🏾🕊❤️🥰✌🏿🇭🇹

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

First Anniversary of First Holy Communion Class

Last year, we had our first Baptism and Holy Communion class at the Mission. We wanted the kids to remember the joy of that day and experience. On Saturday, July 17, we were blessed to celebrate the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time at 5 p.m. with Fr. Emmanuel.

Sisters Izzy and Julitta washed and ironed the Communion outfits from last year. The kids certainly felt very special once again. These are very difficult times here in Haiti, and the children need to keep their souls and minds on our God who is with them in the midst of suffering.

After Mass, everyone received chicken, bread, and soda.


The Lord’s promise through Jeremiah—“I myself will gather my flock”—is fulfilled in Christ who beckons, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” “Beside restful waters he leads me”; the waters are Jesus himself.
“He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.”
Jacson learning to be an altar server.
A participant…
 
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Posted by on July 22, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

His mercy endures forever…

On Friday, July 16, we tried to bring some normalcy to our kids who had received their First Penance last October by inviting them to a special celebration of Reconciliation. The theme was “Receive Divine Mercy.“ Using the Gospel of John 20:19-31, the children were reminded that Jesus wants to give us peace and forgiveness. After an examen of conscience each child received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and was invited to touch the Heart of Jesus to receive His love, peace and forgiveness. It was a grace-filled witness for us to watch them all one by one be absolved from their sins. During the prayer and confession, we prayed for Haiti, asking for God’s mercy to be upon us as we prayed together the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

Sr. Inga shares the story of Divine Mercy.

At the end of the celebration, the kids watched the video of their First Communion which was held last year, and each received some chocolate candy.

Go in peace, your sins have been forgiven.🙏🏾🕊✌🏿

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Pray for Haiti

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

The sun shines after every storm…

On Sunday, July 4, we were invited to participate in a parish concert held at St. Michel’s Parish in Jacmel. We wondered if they would still have it after Hurricane Elsa…well they did, and the church was full. Haitians are survivors, no matter what the circumstances that come their way. The audience came masked and enjoyed an early evening of songs, praising and thanking God. We were even part of the program!

 
 

Hurricane Elsa tries to pay a visit to Jacmel

On Saturday, July 3, we got prepared for a visit from Hurricane Elsa. After being here for nearly 9 years, we have learned to prepare for the worst, no matter what. We got sand bags ready to protect the door to the computer lab so it would not flood like it did last time. We put furniture away and covered what we could. The winds came by 2 p.m., and then the rain. We kept following the Hurricane app we have and saw she was changing course from a direct hit on our shores.

Elsa kept moving away from us. We kept praying for all in our area to be safe. Even though she was moving south, she did leave a bit of a mess.

We lost some of our banana trees; but we thank God we all are safe, and so are our people. Hurricane Elsa tried to pay us a visit; but thank God she went further from us, staying mostly over the sea. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. As you know, Haiti is especially vulnerable to floods and landslides because of widespread erosion and deforestation. God is so good, and He has spared us again.