LOS TOROS MISSION
Los Toros Azua, Dominican Republic - St. Joseph Grafton, Wisconsin USA
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".
LOS TOROS MISSION SUNDAY is September 23rd and 24th
It’s back to school both here and in Los Toros! Education at all levels is the cornerstone of our parish Mission in Los Toros in the Dominican Republic. Our Beca college scholarship program provides qualified students with tuition, room, board and assistance with other expenses. We provide a library and computers that students need. We also help pay for uniforms and supplies for needy students in the village elementary school.  
 
The Mission Sunday Appeal is the single largest source of funding each year for the many works of service of the mission. Your support for nearly 30 years has made Los Toros a far better place today. Our brothers and sisters in Los Toros are truly grateful for your generosity. 
 
Still, the village struggles to satisfy many basic needs. Your continued prayers and financial support empower them to improve their education, health, community development and spiritual growth.  
 
After each Mass on Mission Sunday weekend we invite you to celebrate and share with us the many ways your support is helping the people in Los Toros. Please plan to stay a few minutes for conversation, food and beverage and to learn more about the mission. When you find the Mission Sunday Appeal letter in your mail box, please be as generous as you are able. Muchas gracias!  

The Mission Sunday Appeal is the largest single source of funding each year for the many works of service of the parish mission. Your support for nearly 30 years has made Los Toros a far better place today.  
 
It is your continued prayers and support that empowers the people in our sister parish to improve their education, health, community development and spiritual growth. 
 
Your time and talent is also needed to support the works of the mission. The various Los Toros committees could use more help with the work done here year round. After each Mass on Mission Sunday weekend we invite you to see and celebrate the many ways your support is helping the people in Los Toros. Please plan to stay a few minutes for conversation, food and beverage and to learn more about the mission. Please speak with the volunteers and sign up to help one of the committees.  
 
The Mission Sunday Appeal letters have been mailed to parish members. Please be as generous as you are able. Our brothers and sisters in Los Toros are truly grateful for your generosity. Muchas gracias!  
WELCOME HOME YAME TEAM!
Members build community and solidarity in faith and service
YAME 2017 was a wonderful experience of sharing faith, building solidarity and working together for the good of the people of our sister parish in Los Toros, Dominican Republic. This photo shows many of the YAME team members taking a break to socialize after many full days of work.  

Hailey Hacker, one of the young adults on the team, posted photos on Facebook. How significant are the mission trips? She says it so well: “Everyone please take a moment to look at some of the many pictures I took in Los Toros, Dominican Republic! I just wanna say I had an amazing time! I am truly blessed I got to travel for two weeks and show my faith and love for God and everyone in this community too! I had such a fun time and I can't wait to go back! I made plenty of new friends and now consider them all my family!” 

Thank you all for your prayers during the mission and your year-round financial and prayer support for the mission.
Do you know what these are?  
In Los Toros they do!

¿Sabes cuales son?  
En Los Toros todos saben!

Hint: they have something to do with baseball. 
 
Baseball is BIG in the Dominican Republic. The first professional league was founded in 1890. They have their own professional leagues based in several cities and the fans are, well, fanatic!  
 
The first Dominican played on a US Major League team in 1956. Since then more than 400 Dominicans have played on US Major League teams.  
 
With the cost of regular baseball equipment beyond the reach of most, a unique variation of baseball evolved. They play it in Los Toros and all over the DR. For bats they use broomsticks. For balls they use discarded plastic bottle caps from 5-gallon drinking water jugs. These are called “vitillas” and so the game is called vitilla.  
 
They play vitilla in the streets, courtyards and parks. There are organized Vitilla leagues for kids and adults.  
 
Returning to baseball, some of the Dominicans who play or have played for the Brewers include Domingo Santana, Willy Peralta, Jonathan Villar, Jean Segura, Carlos Gomez, Neftali Feliz, Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Villanueva and Elian Herrera.  
 

Sugerencia: hay que hacer algo con el béisbol. 
 
El béisbol es grande en la República Dominicana. La primera liga profesional fue fundada en 1890. Ellos tienen sus propias ligas profesionales basados en varias ciudades y los fanaticos son, así, fanáticos! 
 
La primera Dominicana jugó en un equipo de Grandes Ligas en los EEUU en 1956. Desde entonces más de 400 Dominicanos han jugado en equipos de Grandes Ligas. 
 
Con el costo de béisbol más allá del alcance de la mayoría, una variación exclusiva de béisbol ha evolucionado. Juegan en Los Toros y todo el DR. Para los bates utilizan palo de escoba. Para pelotas usan tapones de plástico de botellas de agua potable. Estos son los llamados "vitillas" y así el juego se llama vitilla. 
 
Juegan vitilla en las calles, plazas y parques. Hay ligas Vitilla organizados para niños y adultos. 
 
Regresando al béisbol, algunos de los Dominicanos quienes juegan o han juegado por Los Cerveceros de Milwaukee incluyen Domingo Santana, Willy Peralta, Jonathan Villar, Jean Segura, Carlos Gómez, Neftali Feliz, Aramis Ramírez, Carlos Villanueva y Elian Herrera.