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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!
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.
On July 2, we began our new ministry year, sharing in community and ministry. In the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, in adoration, prayer and praise, we offered ourselves to God and to the mission here in Haiti.
Monday, June 21- Friday, June 25, five young men were here at the Felician Mission on retreat with Fr. Lautere Jean Claude as their director. The theme was: The Priest is for the service of Christ and the Church. Their schedule included the Liturgy of the Hours, Mass, Rosary, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and two conferences a day. It was a blessing for us to be able to participate in Mass with them and to share Adoration in the evening with Benediction. On the last night of the retreat, these men consecrated their lives and priesthood to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was another way we can be about the spiritual renewal of the world by offering hospitality to God’s new priests. They were ordained on Saturday, June 26.
For over a year, the world has been fighting an enemy that has taken lives and left others behind. Now Haiti, so poor and fragile, is fighting this beast of COVID-19. The country lacks the medical facilities and personnel to handle the pandemic.
You may remember a post in May about a visitor we welcomed to our Mission–Monsignor Sylvain Ducange, Auxiliary Bishop from Port au Prince. He was a holy man and full of life. This past Monday, Bishop Ducange died from COVID after some complications. Please remember him in your prayers.
Please pray for Haiti, that the COVID Vaccine will be made available to our people, and that it will be given without cost as it is meant to be.
From June 1-4, Dr. Jean-Paul Bonnet made his monthly visit to the Felician Haiti Mission to see the completion of the wells that were dug last month and to sign the land lease contract with Bishop Errick Toussaint for the Felician Haiti Bakery.
On Thursday. May 27, Sr. Izzy had her last class with her second group for the Felician Sewing School. The final exam was to make an apron. All completed the exam 100%!
On Saturday, May 22, at 9:00 p.m., we were blessed to gather as a community to keep vigil with the the Word of God and Eucharist as we celebrated the Feast of Pentecost. Fr. Jean Claude accepted our invitation to pray with us.
The sisters created a beautiful ambiance.
During our time of vigil, there was a terrible rain storm with thunder and lightning. We were joined by a slew of tiny bugs that come during our rain storms because they are attracted to the light which fills the chapel. In the midst of all of this, we gathered after the example of the Apostles and disciples who, with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, persevered in prayer, as they awaited the Spirit promised by the Lord. Like them, we listened with quiet hearts to the Word of God. We remembered the many great deeds God in times past did for His people; and we prayed that the Holy Spirit, whom the Father sent as the first fruits for those who believe, would bring His work into the world.
We listened and sang in French, Creole, Polish and English. The Spirit was alive and the Word fulfilled in our hearing.
The Lord fulfills everything He says and proclaims to us, especially when we pay attention to where His voice and Will leads us. “See I will bring Spirit into you and bring you into life… I have promised, and I will do it, says the Lord.”
Yes, the Lord came through our locked doors last night in Word and Eucharist and fulfilled His purpose in our hearing. All shall be revealed as we walk His way. We remembered all of you in our prayer. We pray today that the gifts and fruits of the Spirit will be deep within you that you may continue the mission God has called you to fulfill. Have a blessed day in the Holy Spirit. 🙏🏾🕊❤️✌🏿
On Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16, six young women participated in an overnight retreat. We gathered for prayer and shared community. We prayed the rosary, shared God’s Word, and gathered for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. On Sunday, we chanted morning prayer, shared some faith stories, and related how we all came to Jacmel, Haiti, to be missionary disciples. We celebrated Mass with Father Lesley from Decouze and ended the retreat experience with a delicious meal.