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10 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana July 15,1! Diocese has many Haitian connections By'ANN M. ENNIS members of 23 parishes in the Haiti Parish Twinning Pro- Special to the Message Diocese of Evansville listen gram, a program dedicated to with a personal connection, nurturing understanding and As news unfolds about Haiti, These parishes belong to the friendship across the miles Twinning Program These are the parishes in the Evansville diocese and their Haitian "twin" parishes: St. Mary, Sullivan Holy Name, Bloomfield St. John the Evangelist, Daylight Sacred Heart, Evansville Holy Family, Jasper St. John the Baptist, Newburgh Holy Cross, Ft. Branch Blessed Sacrament, Oakland City St. Peter, Linton St. Theresa, Evansville St. Joseph, Vanderburgh Co. St. Francis Xavier, Poseyville Good Shepherd, Evansville Holy Spirit, Evansville Christ the King, Evansville St. Joseph, Dale St. Martin, Chrisney Sts. Peter and Paul, Petersburg St. John Chrysostom, New Boston St. Thomas, Vincennes St. Mary, Evansville St. Joan of Arc, Jasonville Acul du Nord Balan Capotille Carrefour Des Peres Dupity Grand Bassin Grison Garde Maganos Perches Pilate Plaine du Nord Ravine-Trompette Robillard St. Raphael St. Suzanne Terrier Rouge Thibeau Ennery Catechetical Center-PAP Lascahobas Notre Dame de la Caridad Medico-Sociale do St.-Antoine Twinned parishes work to form a strong bond between the two communities. This is done through letters, prayers and visits. Also the US parishes commit to sending money to their Haitian twin parish monthly. The amount sent is completely up to the parish, some only send $50, others send much more. Evory penny sent goes directly to the parish. The money is used to train catechists, build and im- prove schools and church facilities, and supply food, water and medicine as needed. The Twinning Program is based in Nashville, Tennessee and is run by Theresa Patterson. A free brochure is available and if requested, a speaker can come to your parish to discuss the Twinning Program. The phone number for more information is (615) 356-4454. Or you may call Father Richard Wildeman at (812) 963-3273. that separate the two cultures Nord. An enthusiastic suP" and nations. The diocese can be proud of its Twinning Program partici- pation, according to the Pro- gram's Executive Director, Theresa Patterson, of Nashville, Tenn. "The level of participation in the Evansville diocese is second only to the Diocese of Nashville in support of the Twinning Program," Patterson said. Nationally there are 261 twinned parishes. Nashville, where the program is based, has 31 twinned parishes. Patterson encourages other parishes to consider twinning. "We have parishes and special projects like orphanages, hos- pitals and schools throughout Haiti that need the support twinning provides. The program's goal is to "es- tablish ongoing personal rela- tionships with Third World parishes for the financial and spiritual support of each other," Patterson said. "The spiritual gift from Haiti weighs the program heavy with ad- vantages for US parishes. Spir- itually, we gain much more than the Haitians do," she said. Participants certainly have a personal view of the critical situation in Haiti. Father Richard Wildeman, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Vander- burgh County, is only one ex- ample. St. Joseph is twinned with the parish of Plaine du porter of the pro. gram, Father Wildeman ha! made the trip to Haiti lZ times. Although his recent letters indicate the people are being worn down by their overpower" ing needs of late, Father Wildeman still detects hope. "Despite their suffering, theY, n still can smile. They are- amazingly resilient and ine. I Q" ibly patient, tolerant, h..P:]' t and joyful people desp" all," he said. 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