Handmade rosaries signify OLPH school’s prayers for Haiti


By Catholic Review Staff

“For God to send a rainbow to Haiti,” one student at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Ellicott City wrote on a paper rosary bead, as a prayer for the Caribbean nation.

Last week, each student in the pre-kindergarten to eighth-grade school designed a “bead” with a prayer for Haiti. The beads were arranged into four huge rosaries now displayed in the school’s hallways. The rosaries are a sign of solidarity and prayer for Our Lady of Perpetual Help’s sister parish, Our Lady of the Nativity in Verrettes, as it celebrates its feast day Sept. 8.

According to the CIA World Factbook, Haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, due to its history of “political violence.” The Haitian capital Port-au-Prince is still recovering from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the country in 2010, and the country suffered flooding, damage and some fatalities last month from Hurricane Isaac.

The recent flooding explains another student’s prayer: “So God can clean up the mud so you can sleep.”

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