St. Edward Church, in response to the gospel call of Jesus Christ, has dedicated and focused our efforts in the island country of Haiti. We are committed to a twinning relationship between St. Edward Parish in Richmond and Holy Family Parish in Cerca Carvajal, Haiti. The relationship is viewed as a growing and dynamic experience between brothers and sisters in Christ. Recognizing the deep spiritual wealth of the Haitian people, it is the desire of this committee to enhance the spiritual journey of the members of both parishes.
Dental Chair, Autoclave, and school supplies packed for container shipment to Haiti
Thanks to our generous parishioners 19 boxes of school supplies are now on their way to Haiti. In addition, a local dentist donated a dental chair and an autoclave. These were packed into a crate along with more than 530 comfort dolls for sick children which were made by caring parishioners. The crate was decorated by children of the parish. Click here for photos.
New Church for Cerca Carvajal
Check out these amazing videos or the men pouring the second section of the roof of the church:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB_gP1QTDnY In this video, the men mix and move the cement to the bucket brigade.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQysI38IBZo In this video, the bucket brigade moves the cement to the roof, pours it and others smooth it.
Why are we building a new church?
The original church was nearly 90 years old and the walls were leaning so badly that we were concerned that they might fall and injure people. The church is at the heart of the village, both literally and physically. The church is being constructed so that it will be capable of withstanding the elements, including strong hurricane winds and earthquakes. It can be used as a shelter. Please view the pictures of the progress of this project.
Check out pictures of each stage of church construction. Notice that there is no heavy equipment, all of the work is being done by hand.
St. Edward Sponsorship program began in 2004, as a means of providing funds to our brothers and sisters in Cerca Carvajal, Haiti. We offer five different sponsorship opportunities detailed below. Each serves to connect our parishioners with our twin parish. Regular updates are provided in the bulletin and in mailings to sponsors. No matter what area you are called to support, we would like to offer you a photo of a child at Holy Family School. We hope that you will use this photo as a reminder to pray for our brothers and sisters, as they do for us.
What are Blue Envelopes?
Blue Envelopes donations represent a substantial fraction of the overall financial support for our Haiti mission. Fund received from the blue envelopes support Holy Family Parish Operations. For example, these funds pay for church supplies, for formation for lay leaders and food for them during training, for fuel and maintenance for Fr. Kesner’s jeep as well as fuel for the generator which is used to power the microphones and instruments for mass to give just a few examples..