This Sunday we have the joy of welcoming Fr. Eveneau to our parish family. As many of you know, Fr. Eveneau is the pastor of our Twinning Parish of St. Joseph in Lalomas, Haiti. We have been in this twinning relationship with his parish since January 2012. Over the past 4 years we have made 6 mission trips to visit their church and school; to develop relationships with the students, teachers, parishioners, and community; to establish a payroll system for the teachers that we support; to raise money for food for school children; to set up a goat farming project; to help set up the “Water with Blessings” project for clean water, to bring parasite medication for the school children, to collect shoes for the “Soles for Souls Project”, to establish the Katherine Brand Dress project for the girls and young women, and the list goes and on.
As we look at all of these projects that we have been able to accomplish in Haiti, we do so with great humility. I say this because this Haiti Mission has changed our lives. As we welcome Fr. Eveneau this week, I thought I would share with you some words from our missionaries who have been to Haiti and let them tell you how their lives have been transformed, due to their time in Haiti. Finally, I would like to invite you all to meet-and-greet Fr. Eveneau this Sunday afternoon at our Parish Potluck in the Parish Hall at 2 pm.
– Fr. Carl McCarthy
WORDS OF TRANSFORMATION
My time in Haiti in September 2012 was a life changing experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. Soon after returning, I began the journey to become a Permanent Deacon. This September, God willing, I will be ordained. I am looking forward to returning to Haiti. – John Cecil
Haiti has changed my life in many ways. It has connected me with a people just like all of us. They have children and families full of love and happiness. But they have much less in the way of humane living conditions. The mothers’and childrens’ smiles remain a constant reminder that God loves us all, and no matter how much we have or don’t have, Christ is there to bringing joy to us all. – Lee Franey
The people of Haiti have taught me to be more dependent on God. We, in this country, are fortunate to have access to a good education and much more. Because of this, we begin to think we are in total control of our lives. The people of Haiti live in great poverty and know that God is in control and therefore, they seem to have great faith. In some ways I think they are more blessed than we are. – Kathy Mischel
“Haiti has taught me to look beyond the dirt in every area of my life and with all people.” – Lavida Mischel