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Run for the least 5k

We run for the impoverished children from the Belle Fontaine, Haiti community.  100% of the proceeds from the run will go towards assisting over 4,000 students with school supplies, books for education, teacher salaries, and continued education for the teachers.  Our assistance allows them the opportunity to become empowered and take ownersip of their future.  Join us in supporting this effort to serve the least among us.

September 21, 2019 Race Info:

Haiti Committee members of All Saints, Cedar Rapids, St John’s, Mt Vernon and St. Mary’s, Vinton are sponsoring a 5K Run/Walk with 100% of proceeds to benefit over 4000 students in Haiti. Date and Time: September 21, 2019 -9:00am 5k run/walk -10:00am 1 mile Fun Run for ages 10 and under -snacks and refreshments after

Date and Time: September 21, 2019
-9:00am 5k run/walk
-10:00am 1 mile Fun Run for ages 10 and under
-snacks and refreshments after

Race will start and end on South Jackson St.  between Junction Auto and Casey’s in Lisbon, IA off Highway 30

Packet Pickup: Race day:  7am-8:30am

Registration: 5k run/walk $25 before September 7.
-comes with a dri fit shirt and a “goodie bag”
($35 after September 7, shirt not guaranteed)

Mission Trip 2019

This year we were a team of fourteen who visited our sister parish of Notre Dame de Lourdes. While we were there we prayed together, shared ideas, learned of hopes and dreams and enjoyed wonderful food.

We also did Vacation Bible School for the children after the Masses. That was organized chaos! Lots of fun.

We shared more teaching techniques through a Teacher In-Service. This time the focus was on classroom management. Over 100 teachers and directors attended. We also shared faith formation through a presentation on Spiritual Gifts.

Notre Dame de Lourdes – January 2012 mission trip

In January 2012, a team of 10 traveled meeting another team member who was already in Haiti volunteering at a medical clinic. Due to mechanical difficulties with Father Magloire’s truck, four members of the team stayed at Wings of Hope, they were able to meet with Catholic Relief Services to understand partnership opportunities and (with our medical students from Belle Fontaine) toured Quisqueya University and met with the administrator there. Seven members of the team traveled on to Belle Fontaine, three stayed in Bassin Medor. The team in Bassin Medor did water quality testing and demonstrated the John Hayes water system (it uses water and table salt to create chlorine for water purification). Due to the cholera outbreak a significant amount of education has been done on the use of chlorine to purify water, the team found a high degree of interest in the Hayes system. Four team members made an additional trip to Ducrabon where Sister Maria is overseeing the establishment of the hospital to tour the hospital and meet with Father Magloire to review his priorities. It was established that support for education (both in Belle Fontaine and for the medical students) was his top priority.

Here is a link to an article written by Sister Maria Leal –

Here are some of the pictures, enjoy:

Notre Dame de Lourdes – January 2011 mission visit

Here are some pictures from our January 2011 mission trip. A fourteen member team from All Saints and St. Mary’s were able to visit Wings of Hope, St.Joseph’s and Trinity house as well as our sister parish village of Ducrabon in Belle Fontaine Haiti. We met our new priest, Father Jean Marc Magloire who is a wonderful man and seems to be well suited for the work ahead of him.
You can view a picture show with music at this link

and a Video at this link