Giving Tree and Los Toros
Did you take an ornament from the St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree during Advent? You may have noticed that some of the ornaments were for children in Los Toros. The ornaments for children in Los Toros suggested a monetary donation since it is not possible to transport actual gifts there in time for Christmas. The gift money was wired down to the Los Toros SVDP and used there to purchase the gifts. This photo, taken in their church, shows some of the parents, grandparents, and children with some of the members of the Los Toros SVDP at the distribution of the gifts.
The people of our sister parish in Los Toros send you their gratitude for your generosity in sharing the joy of Christmas with the needy families in their village.
For more information about the Los Toros Mission, or to volunteer to serve on one of the Los Toros Mission committees, please contact Joe Schaub at email@example.com or speak with any of the Los Toros committee members.
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.