New in Los Toros: A High School Marching Band
Shades of Professor Harold Hill and the “Music Man.” Last year Professor Jeris Novas marched down the main street of Los Toros to start a high school band – the first high school band in the 100 year history of Los Toros! In less than 12 weeks he was leading the Los Toros High School Marching Band down the main street for the opening of baseball season, which is all but a Holy Day in Los Toros!
Now there are 25 students in the band and two of them are playing clarinets – thanks to two wonderful people from St. Joseph who donated them. Enthusiasm is great and as you walk through the village you can hear young people practicing as the adults happily smile and tap their toes. In a few weeks they may tire of hearing “Felíz Navidad” over and over again as the band prepares for its big Christmas concert.
The band is using make-shift music stands that look a little odd. Dominicans know how to “make do” and they are not complaining because they now have “Seventy-Six Trombones” marching down their street – (actually there are only two trombones!) Thanks again for the clarinets!
For more information check the Los Toros Mission Web Page or contact Cathy at 262-720-1884 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Living the Gospel in Los Toros
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25: 35-36
Delio, second from left, who assists the Los Toros Foundation, is shown here visiting with some Haitian immigrants who live in a neighborhood of Los Toros.
The people of our sister/mission parish in the Dominican Republic take the gospel seriously. One of the ways they live the gospel is by sharing what they have with those in need.
Some of the most needy include Haitian families who fled poverty and violence in Haiti, the western half of the island. When there is work in the fields, the Haitians earn enough to eat that day. When there is no work, they may go hungry but for the help of the Los Toros Foundation. Among the Haitian families are mothers with new-born infants who receive help from the Los Toros prenatal group.
The Foundation in Los Toros is the counterpart of the Los Toros Mission Council at St. Joseph Parish. The members of the Foundation together assess the needs of the people and set priorities as a community. The Mission Council here advises and collaborates with them in their works of service.
For more information about the Los Toros Mission go to www.lostorosmission.com or come to the Los Toros Council meeting on the third Wednesday of each month.
Los Toros Mission: “To live the Gospel by sharing our spiritual, cultural, and material resources in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Los Toros, empowering them to enhance their education, health, community development and spiritual growth”.Looking for a no cost way to support the Los Toros Mission? Give while you shop! Before making your next purchase on Amazon, visit Amazon Smile and support the Los Toros Foundation.
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Thank you for your generous support of our parish mission!
Our first mission visit to Los Toros was in February of 1987; what has happened since then? Los Toros has changed dramatically and we are happy to say we had a role in its growth. But we did not change the community. Through self-determination, intense community organization and collaboration within and outside of the community the community changed itself! We are proud of our sisters and brothers in Los Toros and we are happy they invited us to be part of their growth.
We embrace the fourfold Philosophy of:
- Perception, Learning, Understanding
- Acting with Compassion and Solidarity
- Enabling others to help themselves
- Responsibility and Accountability
Through the diligent sharing of ideas, resources and culture we seek to build a relationship of friendship, trust and charity.