Letter to the Editor

January 13, 2017
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With Heartfelt Thanks from Haiti

Father David Fontaine from St. Joseph Parish in L’Asile, Haiti, has sent sincere thanks to Father Jim Barry and all the friends and parishioners of Our Lady of Grace Parish (Chelsea/Everett) and St. May of Assumption Parish (Revere) for their recent donations to his communities in Haiti.   Our Lady of Grace and St. Mary of Assumption recently raised $35,000 to help L’Asile recover from Hurricane Matthew.

In October 2016, when Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti – one of the world’s poorest countries still suffering from the 2010 earthquake, it destroyed homes, clinics, churches, crops, and soil.  Roads and bridges were washed out; communication was wiped out to many regions of the island for weeks.  People were left without food and potable water.  In short, this was a complete disaster to people who had worked hard for the little they actually owned.

With $35,000 from these two parishes, Father David has purchased food for Christmas distribution and for a holiday dinner for 200 people.  He is buying seeds for planting gardens that provide much needed food for families.  He has distributed metal (tin) roofs for 400 homes and cement for 200 home reconstructions.  They are also repairing the church and smaller countryside chapels.

Father David’s church- sponsored school provides a meal each day for the students.  This means that students are receiving essential nutrition while at school.

Father David has sent his gratitude to all the friends of Haiti here in Chelsea, Everett, and Revere and neighboring communities.  The fundraising by these parishes has become a ray of life and hope in the midst of all this suffering.

To offer a donation or for information, please call Father Jim Barry at 617-884-0030 or 781-284-5252.

 


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