A Special Message from Fr. Thomas Krenik
Thank you for your interest in supporting St. Rose School at the Church of St. Rose of Lima in Gris-Gris, Haiti. The parish of St. Rose of Lima is our Sister Parish here at The Church of the Risen Savior where I am privileged to serve as pastor.
In November 2015, I had the opportunity to travel to Gris-Gris with a group of parishioners to see first-hand the parish and school of our Sister Parish. After a long drive up the winding roads into the mountains, we arrived at the beautiful setting overlooking the ocean. We were able to meet with the teachers, staff, and students of this vibrant and growing school.
Two things especially impressed me about those visits. First, I noticed how they were able to accomplish so much with such humble means. One quickly sees the dedication of the teachers and the eagerness of the children to learn. The art teacher at the school is a local artist. We purchased several of his paintings. One of his lovely art pieces graces the entryway into our parish center.
The second wonderful memory I have is from our visits with the children in the classrooms. Father Fayant, the pastor of St. Rose, conversed with the children. He asked them this question several times in their native Creole: “Do you know that Jesus loves you?” They responded affirmatively in a rising crescendo. It was a grace-full moment to witness this interchange between the children and their pastor
Know that your financial support of St. Rose School will greatly benefit these children who are so eager to learn about life and faith. Thank you for considering this opportunity. Thank you for your generous heart.
Fr. Thomas Krenik, Pastor
Church of the Risen Savior, Burnsville, MN