Milford church gala will benefit Haiti parish
MILFORD >> The third annual Hearts for Haiti gala will be held Feb. 11 at Notre Dame High School in West Haven.
The St. Mary Parish Haiti Committee will present the valentine-theme evening, with music by The RumRunners, a 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction. The event is BYOB and snacks; mixers and coffee are provided.
Proceeds will go to support the sixth medical mission to St. Mary’s “twin” parish of Ste. Therese in the remote mountains of southeast Haiti.
The two parishes have been twinned since 2007 and work to develop mutually enriching relationships of sharing, solidarity and understanding.
In addition to prayers for each other, their bonds include an annual medical mission to Ste. Therese, a supply of “birthing kits” to help new mothers care for their newborns, support of the parish school and a clean water program for the parish.
Last July, St. Mary Parish had two guests: the Rev. Phanel Chery, pastor of Ste. Therese Parish in Marbial, Haiti, and Domond Bertrand, the Haitian head of the Parish Twinning Program of the Americas, of Tennessee.
It was Chery’s first time in the United States.
The two visitors arrived July 21 and, during their four-day stay, greeted parishioners after Masses, met with members of the St. Mary Haiti Committee, and attended a reception in their honor at a private home on the Gulf Pond.
The Rev. Aidan Donahue, pastor, and the Rev. Chacko Kumplam, as well as members of the Twinning Committee and rectory staff, also shared meals and fellowship with the two Haitians.
Hearts for Haiti tickets are $25 and are available after all weekend Masses in Father Cronin Hall, at the St. Mary rectory, 70 Gulf St., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, or by calling 203-878-3571.
Donations may be made to the St. Mary Twinning Committee online at www.saintmarychurchmilford.org and clicking on Online Giving at the top of every page or by sending a check to St. Mary Parish with “Haiti” in the memo line to St. Mary, 70 Gulf St., Milford 06460-4811.
St. Mary also supports the parish of Ste. Therese by raising funds, sending resources and providing volunteer aid with a focus on medical care, education, clean water, infrastructure and cultural exchanges