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Current News for PTPA (Parish Twinning Program)
Sea Container 2015 - Gathering April 13-24
IMPORTANT--TWO NEW CHANGES: Bill Myers is the interim coordinator, so you may call him with any questions at his cell phone number 615-400-4575. Also, we have been forced to make a slight change in the dock door location where you will be delivering your sea container items. This web site and its previous PDF documents listed other dock doors, so please take note.
THE NEW DOCK DOORS ARE 45, 46, 47, 47A, and 48 on a different side of that same set of buildings. There is no change in street address, and you still enter Gate 3 onto that main entry road, but instead of turning left off that main entry road, you will go STRAIGHT. Go 150 yards straight on the entry road, and you will see the new dock doors on the left side of the road.
If you have already ordered items that were labeled with the old dock door numbers (1-4) to be shipped to our warehouse, we will try to re-route deliveries with a new sign at the Gate 3 main entry road and also a sign at the old dock doors mentioning the new dock door numbers.
The online PDF forms that are affected will be changed to show the new dock doors and also Bill's phone number, but you are allowed to use the previous recent forms for 2015 if you have already filled them out.
Our spring 2015 sea container shipment will again be in Nashville, TN. The dates during which we will be gathering your goods is scheduled to be weekdays between April 13 and April 24 (the deadline). Please plan to come as early in that period as possible to alleviate the typical heavy traffic of the final days. Take note that Easter comes earlier on April 5. Gathering takes place at the same warehouse as last year, but at different dock doors. The warehouse is in Lebanon, Tennessee, which is 27 miles East of downtown Nashville, off I-40. Please use the "Sea Container" link above to go to the page which has links to all the PDF forms. Thanks!
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.