Thank you for your generous response to the Mission Sunday Appeal which was held on September 24 to support of our parish mission in Los Toros in the Dominican Republic.
Mission Sunday is the single biggest fund drive of the year for our mission. Funds raised enable us to respond to the needs of the people of our sister parish as they arise throughout the year.
Were you away during Mission Sunday weekend? There is still time to make your contribution. If you can’t find the special envelope that you received in the mail, use any envelope and mark it “Mission Sunday.”
Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the people in Los Toros and by the members of the Los Toros Mission Council here at St. Joseph Parish. Your prayers and financial support make a tremendous difference in the lives of the people starting with prenatal care, education, health care for people of all ages, and the growing experience of working as a community for the development of the village.
Would you like to serve on one of the committees? Let the parish office know and a member of the Los Toros Mission Council will contact you. Muchisimas gracias!
In Los Toros they do!
Hint: they have something to do with baseball.
Baseball is BIG in the Dominican Republic. The first professional league was founded in 1890. They have their own professional leagues based in several cities and the fans are, well, fanatic!
The first Dominican played on a US Major League team in 1956. Since then more than 400 Dominicans have played on US Major League teams.
In the DR with the cost of regular baseball equipment beyond the reach of most, a unique variation of baseball evolved. They play it in Los Toros as well. For bats they use broomsticks. For balls they use discarded plastic bottle caps from 5-gallon drinking water jugs. These are called “vitillas” and so the game is called vitilla.
They play vitilla in the streets, courtyards and parks. There are organized Vitilla leagues for kids and adults. Some of the Dominicans who play or have played for the Brewers include Domingo Santana, Willy Peralta, Jonathan Villar, Jean Segura, Carlos Gomez, Neftali Feliz, Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Villanueva and Elian Herrera.
For more information about our mission and the people of Los Toros visit www.lostorosmission.com.
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.
Simply visit smile.amazon.com, shop as usual, and select the “Los Toros Foundation” as your charity of choice when you checkout. Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. It’s that easy!
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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.