St Clare's Lenten Project Lends Support to Haiti
13th April 2018
On the First Sunday of Lent 2018, Sr Catherine, one of the Parish Sisters at St Clare's, Fagley, gave a presentation at each of the Masses highlighting a project that was being undertaken by another Religious Sister within the Sisters of St Joseph of Peace, working in Haiti.
Parishioners heard of the plight of the people of Haiti, and the families that Sister Ann was seeking to serve and help. In the wake of such natural disasters which have befallen Haiti in recent years, and the levels of poverty suffered by the people there, Sr Ann has been quite literally re-building communities. It costs between £4000 and £6000 to build a home for a dispossessed family - not only providing security for them, but also much needed work for the local people who struggle to find employment.
After hearing of this - Fr Stephen challenged the people of St Clare's Parish to respond in faith and love to the "cry of the poor"...and so they did! Over the weeks of Lent, the parishioners of St Clare's and children in both parish schools collected money to send to Sr Ann in Haiti - and as soon as the money came in, in faith and trust, work began!
Madame Janice and her family have already been able to move into their new home for Easter! The pictures show the differences between their old house and the new one. The generosity and sacrificial giving of the people of St Clare's Parish has meant that they far exceeded the target of £6000 and have raised enough (with the promise of the Gift Aid to be claimed on some of the donations), to build a second home. Work on that home has now begun...
A true "Resurrection Story" for all concerned!