What is Haiti 365?
Haiti 365 is a partnership between our parish and Life Teen Missions Haiti, to provide financial, spiritual, and physical assistance with their mission to evangelize the people of Haiti. Life Teen Missionaries live on their mission base in Haiti full time, and throughout the year they host continuous short term mission teams from parishes around the United States. Those mission teams will do work projects, offer corporal works of mercy, pray with the people there, and most importantly, assist with person-to-person evangelization. The mission base in Haiti brings the Gospel through Life Nights (just like we have here at Holy Trinity—though for a much wider audience than just teenagers), spreading the Gospel to those who have left the Catholic Church, preparing people for the Sacraments, instructing others, and recruiting Haitians to serve alongside the mission as well.
The basic premise of Haiti 365 is that for every day of the calendar year 2014, we will commit to have someone both pray for the mission of Haiti and provide financial assistance. This means that parishioners will pledge individual days on the calendar and promise to both pray and contribute on that day. Each calendar day is numbered, 1 January being 1 and 31 December being 365. Whatever day a parishioner decides, s/he commits to give the dollar amount of that day (for example, if you choose 1 January, you give $1, if you choose 1 February you give $32, if you choose 31 December, you give $365). It is a great way to see our pledge move forward and will raise over $67,000 for the mission. Most people will pay their pledge immediately using the envelope included in their packet. For larger donations or multi-day pledges, they should be paid by 1 April 2014 at the latest.
In addition to prayer and pledges for every day of next year, Holy Trinity will do at least two short term missions to Haiti. We’ll invite parishioners to prayerfully consider going on those missions to do direct service and evangelization. We anticipate one mission in the spring and one next fall.
How do I help?
First, consider which days you might like to commit and come to the board in the Church to choose your number. You might consider grabbing your own birthday, your anniversary, or another day that is a challenge to you financially. Consider taking not just one day but a couple, or even an entire week. You will take the number for that day and write down your information on it. You will then be given a packet for that day, including a prayer card and an envelope to return your pledge. Numbers can be chosen on Sundays and Wednesdays in the Church after Mass.
We have currently distributed one-half of the calendar dates for parishioners, many more are needed. Please consider taking additional dates to commit to pray and give.
In addition to that, you might consider purchasing these days as gifts for Christmas or other holidays throughout the year—a gift that you are able to offer in honor of a loved one. In each packet is a gift card you can give to explain that you have given in their honor for the people of Haiti.
A further challenge would be to help take the Haiti 365 Board to others. Consider committing to a week, take those numbers in your name, and then invite family, friends, and co-workers to sponsor those numbers. In this, you truly become an evangelist outside of the parish walls—taking the project beyond Holy Trinity. This is a great way to be sure we are able to “sell out” the board.
I am not a parishioner at Holy Trinity, how can I be involved?
We would love to share the mission outside of our parish boundary. If you’re interested in supporting a specific day, feel free to drop us an email and see if those dates are available. If they are, we’ll commit you to that date and send you an information packet and a return envelope for your gift. If not, we’ll suggest alternate dates. You can always just send a blanket contribution and we’ll pick a combination of dates for you based on that dollar amount. Email Paula Keller and she’ll be glad to help you.
What if I want to go to Haiti?
Great! In January (after the Board has been “sold out” we’ll plan a meeting to hear more about the mission trips and to begin determining and interest in the trips. We will do all we can to accommodate those parishioners who want to go.