Sister Parish Update – Winter 2021
News from Haiti
Fr. Paul Dorlean, pastor of our sister parish in Gonaives, Haiti, continues to express deep and most humble gratitude for our monthly support of his parish, St. Therese of the Child Jesus.
Water Project Success!
He recently shared that the water treatment center, for which we at St. Joseph the Worker and several SW Wisconsin Rotary Clubs contributed $23,457, is complete and has been in operation for about three weeks now.
Haiti Giving Tree
If you have been able to attend Mass in person, you are aware that the Haiti Connection Team set up a Sister Parish Giving Tree starting last Advent. This took the place of our traditional Advent Giving Tree that, for many years, has enabled us to provide some 300 gifts to children in the greater Dubuque community. The Covid-19 pandemic did not permit such a gift distribution this year. In lieu of this, parish used Social Justice funds to give $3,000 to the Dubuque Boys and Girls Club and Resources Unite to supplement their Christmas gift-giving to children.
The Haiti Tree has generated $13,000 for our sister parish in these last two months. It has enabled many more of our parishioners to contribute and the generosity has been most outstanding. Thank you to all who have contributed. We will continue with the presence of the Haiti tree in church as we now move toward the Lenten season. Contributions can be dropped off in the Sunday collection or at the parish office.
Solidarity Through Lent
As we approach Lent, the Haiti Team invites everyone to participate in even fuller solidarity with our brothers and sisters at our sister parish. We have developed a Lenten calendar which invites various means of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to be reflectively considered during these 40 days of our parish’s Lenten “Hope in the Desert” theme. Calendars are available in this newsletter, in church, in mailed Sunday bulletins, or can be printed from the parish website.
As always, please continue to lift up our Haitian brothers and sisters in your prayer. They are very vulnerable, many are afraid and hopeless, and they need us to help sustain their hope for a “new normal’, one simply free from the misery and poverty they face every single day. Thank you for your continued spiritual and financial support. We thank our Father in heaven for their prayers for each one of us at St. Joseph the Worker.