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Current News for PTPA (Parish Twinning Program)
Sea Container 2015 Update - Unloading:
The seven containers sailed May 17 and arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on May 22. Domond has been working diligently on the paperwork and other requirements with Customs.
There is a possibility that some of the containers will be unloaded on Wednesday, June 3rd and Friday, June 5th. More containers may be unloaded the week of June 8th. In the days leading up to the possible unloading dates, Domond was still finalizing which ones could be released on which days. As always, when he knows about those details, Domond makes every effort to contact the priests and the other key people in Haiti to tell them the expected unloading date for the container which has their items. There is a lot of uncertainty in this process along the way, and there is much that we cannot control. Also, things can change at a moment's notice.
As mentioned in our Instructions document, it is the sole responsibility of the people at the Haitian twin parish to organize the trustworthy pickup and delivery of the items that have been shipped for them on the sea container shipment.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2014
Many, many thanks to everyone who came to our conference in Nashville September 19th to the 21st and made our conference a wonderful success. We appreciate tremendously all the time and effort of those who attended, those who presented talks at seminars, those who moderated the talks, those who donated equipment for some of the seminars, those who brought displays, those who helped with the Friday gathering, those who helped with the mass--including the liturgy, the music, and the service, and all the rest of you for just being a part of the positive energy of our Program. Thanks too to Cardinal Chibly Langlois, who generously made himself available to everyone while he was with us and for his heartfelt keynote speech and beautiful mass.
Important Fonkoze Change
Starting August 1, 2014, Fonkoze Bank is no longer doing transfers the same way; thus, if you use Fonkoze, then please notify the person in your parish that is handling your twinning. Fonkoze is no longer accepting checks in order to do a funds transfer. The transfers must be done through (1) their partner bank Banque National de Credit or through (2) MoneyGram--Fonkoze says that Moneygram is ideally for sums under $1,000. Take note that the former Fonkoze fee schedule does not apply anymore. See the Twin Parishes link above to choose "Using Fonkoze" and get the new Fonkoze Transfers PDF file and the Fonkoze Changes Letter 2014 PDF file.
Help Us with Contacting Others:
Executive Director Theresa Patterson wants to know the names and addresses of persons involved in your twin parish relationship, your Haiti Committee, or your med missions so that she may include them in our mailings.
Matthew 25 House:
Staying at Matthew 25 House is $40 per night per person (please). The House continues to accept groups or individuals wanting to stay on their mission trips to Haiti.
Request to Inform Haiti Diocese:
The bishops in Haiti have asked us to ask our U.S. parishes if they would send an e-mail to them (the Haitian Bishops/dioceses) each time that the U.S. parishes send funds down to their sister parishes in Haiti--and to mention the amount. The dioceses in Haiti are trying to create more transparency between them and their Haitian parishes.
Sister Parish Relationships
If your parish might be interested in twinning with a parish in Haiti or elsewhere, please contact our Executive Director:
If your parish might be interested in twinning with a parish in Central & South America, Mexico, the Philippines, or the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, please contact the Coordinator of our Latin American Program:
Total Sister-Parish Relationships in Haiti: 300
(Note: We recently deleted a number of inactive parish relationships from our list/total.)
Total for Central & South America, Mexico, the Philippines and the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean: 51
The figures above vary from time to time.
What We Do:
We endeavor to connect twin parishes.
We facilitate and maintain these relationships.
We help advise about med mission trips and parish trips.
We offer Matthew 25 Hospitality House for travelers.
M25 House provides lodging in Port-au-Prince.
M25 House offers advice about transportation & interpreters.
We help parishes to network.
We accompany first-time parishes to Haiti.
We organize and ship donated goods to Haiti.
We help to resolve any issues.
What Catholic Churches in our Program Do:
They do fact-finding visits to sister parish.
They take medical mission trips to twin parish.
They do med missions to other chosen areas.
They undertake dental mission trips.
They do fundraising for twin parish.
They aid schools with funding or materials.
They help the twin parish with catechetical training and expenses.
They assist the sister parish with construction projects--churches, rectories, etc.
They send shipments of donated goods to twin parish.
They instigate water purification projects for sister parish.
They fund microcredit or other sustainable projects.