International Opportunities

In addition to working with organizations in the DC metro area, Holy Trinity maintains relationships with two sister parishes:

 Maria Madre de los Pobres, San Salvador, El Salvador
"Maria Madre" has been Holy Trinity's sister parish in San Salvador, El Salvador since 1989. Parishioners go on a delegation every summer where they share in the life and liturgy of the parish. Holy Trinity also supports at-risk children at the parish school, called CAPI (Center for Attention and Promotion of Children), through the social justice tithe.

 In 2008, we built on this commitment to the poorest members of our sister parish by providing Trinity parishioners the opportunity to become a “Godparent” and support a child to stay in school. There are now over 40 Trinity parishioners supporting some of the poorest children in Maria Madre, who attend a variety of Catholic and public elementary schools within our sister parish. See Sponsorship Program information for details on the commitments required and the benefits to the children. 

 In 2011, we became involved in working on one of the major concerns in our sister parish and in El Salvador, the prevention of violence. The 2011 delegation included a program for the training of first to third graders in CAPI, along with their teachers, to become peace-builders. We have begun, and will continue, a dialogue with the Maria Madre pastor and parish council, on how to design such programs so they are sustainable within the community. 

For more information, contact Margie Legowski at margielegowski@verizon.net or Jean Johnson at jmj3614@aol.com

Jean Baptiste, Anse d'Hainault, Haiti
Holy Trinity has a “twinning relationship” with St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church in Anse d’Hainault, a fishing village located on the west coast of Haiti. Teams of Holy Trinity parishioners visit the parish once a year, building friendships and bringing items requested by the pastor of St. Jean Baptiste.

Holy Trinity’s Haiti Committee hosts events throughout the year to raise awareness of the Parish Twinning program and to encourage parishioner involvement. Examples of these events include a Haitian Kafe Hour, post-trip slide shows, and presentations at the annual parish ministries fair.

Holy Trinity Elementary School also plays an important role in the Haiti twinning program. In addition to donating summer clothing, school supplies and shoes, our students have exchanged photographs for a bulletin board and photo album, participated in a pen-pal program and decorated an altar cloth, which is used at St. Jean Baptiste.

For more information, contact Kittie Fitzgerald or Kathy Lankford at stjeanbaptistehaiti@gmail.com

View photos from the Haiti Soccer Camp at https://stjeanbaptiste.shutterfly.com/soccercampjuly2014 or take a quick look at the video from our last soccer camp: