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St. Mary’s is twinned with Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Belladere, Haiti. Belladere is located 40 miles northeast of Port-Au Prince. Fr. (Per) Gernelus Clerzine is the Pastor. At the heart of the Diocese of Richmond's Haiti Outreach lies its twinning program. Over 60 parishes in the Diocese of Richmond are twinned with a parish or organization in Haiti. The twinning program is based on relationship and solidarity; it is understood that each partner has gifts to share with the other and that we stand with each other as we journey forward in faith. Twinning is an active, mutual, on-going joy filled commitment between two faith communities. Twinning involves developing a friendship as well as a working relationship. The hop is that the relationship would not become exclusive, but a stepping stone to solidarity and greater exchange in the worldwide mission of Jesus.



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Haiti Cultural Dinner
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 Our first task in approaching another people, another culture is to take off our shoes, for the place is holy.  Else we find ourselves treading on people’s dreams.  More serious still we may forget that God was there before our arrival. 

 Haiti Students Sponsorship Program: As of (01/04/16) of the 2015 Program, we have 54 sponsors for 100 children out of 200 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Dosele. We would like to thank all of those that are participating in the program. Still for only $100 (.27 cents a day) for a whole year you can cover tuition, teacher’s salaries, books, some supplies, and other related expenses to keep the schools operating. The program year runs from March 1 to March 1 – with suggested payment dates of March 1, June 1, October 1, and February 1 – or the total $100 at any time. Payments should be made out to St. Mary’s and marked as “Haitian Student Sponsorship”; placed in an envelope; and dropped in the weekend collection or mailed to St. Mary’s Church Office at 202 South Broad St. Suffolk VA 23434.


Haiti Solidarity Week & Dinner21 -27 February: On the 27th we will be offering authentic Haitian dishes, drink and dessert (and a speaker/entertainment). Tickets will be available for sale soon. Mark you calendar for this fund raising event.

Gift of Water (GOW) (http://www.giftowater.org): Gift of Water® is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing filtered and clean drinking water to the third world communities that it serves. The GOW is a well-established water purification program that has been working for over 15 years, primarily in Haiti. Their experts have years of combined experience in water filtration and our purification system has been recognized by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We have been asked by another twinning parish, St. Joseph in Rochester, Indiana to take over this program in Belladere which will also include Mt Carmel School in Dosele. There are currently no wells in Belladere and all attempts to dig for water have failed. The cost of this program is about $100 per month for a technician who places/repair the units. The Haiti committee is soliciting input and potential support for this program before we make a commitment. Please contact Paul Fletcher (757) 255-4794 or Fletchpe@aol.com for further information.

Interested in the Haiti Ministry: The Haiti Committee meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm in church Hall. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Fletcher, Chairman-255-4794, email-FLETCHPE@aol.com ; Mary Stevens-539-7641; Faye Taylor-539-0116, or Ann Harris-372-6884



What We Do


Currently, St. Mary’s Haiti Ministry sponsors two schools run by Our Lady of Lourdes—Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at Dosele and St. Joseph’s at Los Abeilles. This year, there are over 400 students , grades K-6, attending the schools. Through our Sponsorship Program Fund we are able to pay the salaries of the 7 teachers and 1 principal, pay for school  books and other materials, pay for cooks’ salaries  and spices (beans and rice provided by Mary’s Meals ) , and other miscellaneous school and parish needs. Recently, a Building Fund has been created to enable construction of a permanent primary school building in Belladere.  Backpacks for Haiti is another program that has allowed us to provide school supplies and other items to the students of our twin parish schools.  With permission of the Suffolk, Franklin, and Southhampton Public School districts, we are able to collect used backpacks and school supplies at the end of the school year.  In 2009, 24 schools participated and we filled 40 boxes with 264 backpacks and other supplies!  Items are sent in a container shipment through the Patricia Sullivan Haitian Outreach Foundation.






Haiti Earthquake
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Fair Trade Fundraiser: Dean's Bean's Fair Trade coffee for sale! We have dark and medium roast, whole bean and ground for only $9/pound! Java Drops (chocolate covered coffee beans) also available for $9/pound! Please find these items in the social hall at the Haiti Ministry table, or contact Liz Nelson at 757-923-9208

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How You Can Help

Pray for Haiti!! 

Join Us: Haiti Ministry meetings are held on the third Friday of Each month at 11am in the Tommy Nee Social Hall.  Please Contact Paul Fletcher at 757-816-4826 or Fletchpe@aol.com for more information.

Sponsor a student: (Sponsorship Program Forms are available for download. Please click on download. The cost is $100 a year.
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Building Fund: Send checks payable to St. Mary of the Presentation with a note that it is for The Haiti Ministry Building Fund.

Backpacks for Haiti  2010: We will need help dropping and collecting of donation boxes, as well as sorting and packing the items for shipment. Dates will be forthcoming….. 

Parish trip to Haiti: the March 2010 trip has been postponed due to the recent earthquake.



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