**CD For Sale!**
Please listen to this clip of beautiful Catholic songs with a Haitian twist! The Hallel Orchestra in Novion, Haiti has produced a CD that is for sale through the Marion Catholic Community. It contains twelve English and Creole church songs. The English songs include: Hail Mary, Gentle Woman; Here I am Lord; The Summons; Turn to Me and Amazing Grace. The Creole songs have the English translations. The music is upbeat and includes a tropical twist! Cost is $15 per CD. This is a great example of a self-sustaining project for the Haitians as proceeds from the sale will help them to produce a second CD. If interested in purchasing the CD, please contact or stop by the parish office.
Construction of a new six room school house has begun in Novion and is due to be complete by September 2018. Funds for the project were obtained through Caritas International. Presently, classes are held in church and a primitive two-room school.
To help celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the founding of St. Louis Parish in Novion, a new roof was placed on the church and rectory.
In addition, new construction has begun on a sacristy, parish office and small adoration chapel.
The Novion Education Sponsorship Team sponsors the education of 134 students in Novion and Bayeaux, Haiti for the 2016-17 school year. Enrollment in the two schools is approximately 250 students. The $250 sponsorship fee covers the cost of a child's education including tuition, books and uniforms for one year.
**To sponsor a child, please fill out the Pledge Application
**Click here to read an Informational Sheet about NEST.
The Haitian Carnival is a national, cultural celebration held over several weeks in March each year leading up to Mardi Gras. In Novion and Bayeax the schools organize a carnival for the students in their schools. A king and queen is chosen. Each kid chooses the profession that he wants to do when he gets older, such as a nurse, doctor, priest, president, lawyer, policeman, teacher, agronomist or nun. Then their parents make them a costume according to the kids' desire for the future. A parade is held and food is served to celebrate "Canaval".
Annual Christmas Party
On December 21, Novion held their annual Christmas party while Bayeux held their party on December 22. The party is held from 9:00 am to 1:00pm. Students gather together to share Christmas and New Year wishes. Students participate in a talent show sharing their gifts of singing, dancing, and reciting poems. Following the talent show, students enjoy a Christmas meal consisting of traditional Haitian food: goat, rice, plantain, and fruit.
The members of the Marion Catholic Community, given life through the Holy Spirit in Baptism, are called together as a community of faith to praise and worship God our Creator and to proclaim in word and deed the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.
As members of the Body of Christ we strive to serve all to provide an atmosphere of hospitality which enables all to respond fully to the life-long challenge "to do right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
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