Energetic youth from across the eastern seaboard gathered at Our Lady of Refuge in Flatbush Feb. 23 to participate in the annual Youth Rally sponsored by The National Center of the Haitian Apostolate and The Brooklyn Haitian Ministry. The 2019 theme was “Lead and Be Fruitful.”
Haitians celebrate New Year’s Day as Independence Day, marking their country’s freedom from French colonial rule. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio celebrated this year’s Mass to mark the occasion at Holy Cross Church, Flatbush.
As we began a new year, Haitians observed New Year’s Day as their Independence Day and they celebrated by drinking pumpkin soup. This coming weekend, Hispanics mark the Feast of the Epiphany. Part of that celebration will be the Parade of the Three Kings with live camels in Williamsburg.
Liturgically, on Jan. 1, we celebrated the Feast of Mary, Mother of God. Of course, the day also marked the first of a New Year. For the Haitian community, it also was the 212th observance of the Independence Day of their homeland.