Los Toros Mission

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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 cathymateozayas@gmail.com .

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: 35-36Screen Shot 2018-11-18 at 1.14.13 PM

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”.

Members Build Community and Solidarity in Faith and Service.
What do they do on a Mission trip?

Discernment of New Leaders
2017 Young and Adult Mission Experience (YAME)
Parish Members Return from Los Toros Inspired and Committed.
Los Toros Water Filter Project Update
Know Your Brothers and Sisters: A Bit of Dominican History Part 1
Know Your Los Toros Brothers and Sisters: Dominican History Part 2
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Thank you for your generous support of our parish mission!

UNDERSTANDING OUR MISSION IN LOS TOROS

Our mission in Los Toros is a mission of solidarity. What does solidarity mean? These Principles of solidarity-based partnerships, taken from Catholic Relief Services’ Parish Partnership Manual express it well.

Principles of solidarity-based partnerships

I. Emphasize relationship over resources.
True partnerships build and nurture a familial relationship over a period of time. When the relationship is valued above all, it allows for mutual participation and transformation, and all are invited to participate equally, as we all have the ability to love and pray and be present to one another. In partnerships based on resources, the partner with little material resources is excluded from fully participating, and relegated to only receiving.

II. Practice mutuality and equality.
True mutuality allows each partner to function from a place of strength rather than weakness. Each acknowledges the wholeness of the other. We must be alert to the historic imbalances of power between the North and the South, and the way that plays out in a relationship. We need to intentionally incorporate opportunities for dialogue, planning, assessing, challenging, and reflecting together, in order to not to fall into the trap of the giver and the receiver, of the superior and the inferior.

III. Seek to give and receive, learn and teach.
True relationship is a constant give and take. We all bring something to the table and we all have poverties that need to be addressed. This requires a spirit of humility, recognizing that we are mutually interdependent and need each other.

IV. Work to change unjust systems and structures.
When we focus on the relationship, ask open-ended questions, and learn from our partners, they invite us in to see and understand their reality – their joys and celebrations, as well as their sorrows and struggles. We begin to recognize the structures and systems that often keep people in poverty and are unacceptably unjust, and are challenged to gently confront our own role and contribution to this injustice, whether through our inaction, or through our consumer choices, our levels of consumption, etc. We are then called to work to change those systems and/or our own personal habits and activities, for the sake of those we have come to know and love (and others who share the same challenges).

V. Deepen our faith by experiencing the universal catholic church.
Partnership calls us more fully into the Church as one Body of Christ, with many unique parts offering different gifts, while united Christ. We are challenged by our partner’s witness of faith amidst adversity. Coming to know brothers and sisters from another culture, we learn new ways of understanding the Scriptures and see new ways of being a parish community. We experience our oneness in Christ, we enlarge our tent, and expand our sense of shared humanity, not only with our parish partner, but with all God’s people in the universal church.

For more information about our parish mission in Los Toros, visit www.lostorosmission.com. All are welcome to attend our Mission Council meetings. Dates and times are announced in the parish bulletin under THIS WEEK IN OUR PARISH.

 

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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.

To be a part of the Los Toros Mission or for additional information…visit the Los Toros Web Site
To find out how you may share in the mission, contact any of members of the Los Toros Mission
committees or contact Judy Wendtlandt at rwendtlandt@wi.rr.com.
Mission Statement
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.
Reflections on the new Mission Statement by Dave Bennett