Jamaica 2019 Mission Trip - Serving Annotto Bay
This January 16-21, 2019 Frassati Fellowship of NYC will be traveling to Annotto Bay, Jamaica. In partnership with the Congregation of the Oratory (our local partners) and Franciscan Mission outreach, we will be serving the parish of St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church as well as its various mission chapels and schools.
Did you know that Catholics make up only 2% of Jamaica’s population and often encounter negativity towards their faith? The community of St. Theresa’s where we will be serving has had no resident priest for at least the past five years. Due to the lack of pastoral care, the main church and mission communities have declined in number and vitality. We are excited for this opportunity to bring renewal and revival through God's grace to this community.
Our work will consist of various clean-up projects, repairs, and beautification. We will also visit the mission schools to teach Catechesis with an evangelization theme of the Holy Family. Together and in partnership with the parish community, we will build up Catholic identity as well as restore places of beauty where people can come together in fellowship and worship.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1) PLAYGROUND AT ST. THERESA'S PRIMARY SCHOOL - We will be laying down rubber playground tile for the children at this school. The tile is safe for children and will be purchased from an eco-friendly rubber manufacturer in Jamaica. The project includes leveling the ground, laying primer, and installing the tile. The school needs approx 650 sq. ft. of tile total and each square foot costs approx $3.75 USD.
Project goal: $2,000 USD
2) LANDSCAPING, GARDENING, & REPAIRS - We will be working in St. Theresa's parish to make the property more useable and provide the parish community a beautiful space for fellowship and worship. We will be cleaning up the entire property, making numerous repairs (painting, sanding away rust, replacing broken shingles, etc), clearing away large stones, and planting new plants and trees. You can help by donating towards the cost of the clean-up and gardening tools as well as the plants and trees.
Project goal: $1,000 USD
3) PRAYER & SHARING – Even if you cannot give financially, you can support us by your prayers and sharing this info! You can offer fasting, a Rosary, a novena, or any type of prayer for our mission. We ask for your prayers for the missionaries – for safe travels, health, and open hearts and minds. We also ask that you pray for all the people of Annotto Bay as well as our local partners. That through our small efforts, God’s love and majesty may be made even more visible in this beautiful community.
To join us, visit jamaica2019mission.eventbrite.com
We got here safely on Wednesday, and even at the airport saw God's hand -- a custom's officer came to our group to clear us so we wouldn't have to wait in line. We spent that afternoon on the long bus ride from Kingston to Annotto Bay. We drove along the coast and stopped by Boston Beach for lunch. Father Herald met us there with some jerk chicken from Port Antonio.
On Thursday, we split into two teams. One team went over to St. Theresa's school. They cleared all the garbage, started to turn over the soil, and dug lots of tires. They also painted the school walls and worked with Craig (a local artisan) to install the mural of the Blessed Mother.
Yesterday (Friday), the team went back to do a second coat of paint on the walls. They also replaced the tires and repainted them so they can be used as potters for the plants! They also painted the swing set and began planting.
The second team stayed at St. Theresa's church. They spent the entire day weeding, raking, and picking up garbage. We dug out two huge pieces of drift wood from the beach, cleared out tons of dead leaves and branches, and tackled a huge pile of garbage that had become dump site for the parish. At the end of the two days, we had a truck load's worth of garbage and debris! We also cleaned out the greenhouse and leveled the courtyard for two new benches. This space will now be used for fellowship and Catechism.
We end each evening with Holy Hour and prayers of thanksgiving for all that's been possible through your generosity and God's providence. Please know we are praying for you!
Frassati Jamaica Missionaries
PS Check out more photos at Frassati's Instagram - Frassati.nyc.
Here we are at the airport waiting to board. Thanks to all of you we've surpassed our fundraising goal of $3,000.00!
Yesterday, Father Herald drove into Kingston to buy a number of gardening supplies for the parish. They'll be fully stocked with a new hose, shovels, a wheelbarrow, and even a machete to till the soil.
We also contacted a local company in Kingston who will be producing two concrete benches with a wood veneer finish. They will be picked up on Thursday afternoon by a local friend of one of the missionaries. Please pray that they will both fit in the bed of his truck!
Please send us any prayer intentions. And you can find other updates at our Instagram - Frassati.nyc.
Please know we will be praying for all of you daily and are incredibly grateful for your generosity to make all this possible.
Frassati Missionaries of Jamaica
Thank you for your incredible generosity over the past few weeks. We are nearly to our goal, and it's all been possible because of you. We are excited to share some updates-
Father Herald, CFR - our chaplain - arrived safely in Jamaica last Thursday. He has been busy with our local parish partners preparing the church and also starting to gather some of the various supplies that have been made possible through your various donations.
We had one minor setback -- and that was the rubber tiles for the playground. The factory in Jamaica got very backed up with production so the rubber tiles will not be ready in time for our visit. So the missionaries will still do some work at St. Theresa's school to prepare the ground for a future trip when the tiles can be delivered and also repaint the school yard wall.
On the positive side, instead of the rubber tiles, we will now be installing a tiled mural of the Blessed Mother. Please see attached photo! This image of the Blessed Mother is also hanging in the main parish. We are working with Tile Artisans, LLC. They are based in Florida and specialize in sacred art murals. The mural will be 4ft tall (each tile is 4" x 4"), the entire mural with shipping was $1310.00. We are excited to be able to provide this image of the Blessed Mother to St. Theresa's. She is a true treasure of our faith and will tie in well with our theme of the Holy Family. The mural itself will be installed by a local tile installer - his name is Craig. Let us keep him in our prayers.
We have also been preparing for the day of recollection with the theme of the Holy Family. So far around 75 people from all over the community will be attending, and we will be serving lunch for everyone!
In these last days leading up to the trip, we ask for your prayers for safe travel, healthy, and good weather for the missionaries.
Please also send us any prayer intentions. We will be offering them daily.
We will also be sending updates via email and Instagram. You can follow us a Frassati.nyc and/or send us your email to receive updates.
Again, thank you for your prayer and generosity.
We are all very grateful.
Frassati Missionaries of Jamaica