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noticia-2-1This year, as in the past years, some of the Sisters from other communities came to participate in our celebration of Christmas in Ecuador. This time, they were Sister Kathryn and Sister Kelly Pezzo, who came from the communities in the United States (Ave Maria and Jacksonville), to spend these special days with us, as we celebrate when Baby Jesus came to live among us. {jcomments on}

In the Community of Rome we are spending Christmas with the Holy Father. On the 24th we went to Midnight Mass at the Vatican, when the Pope was attacked and knocked to the floor. Thank goodness he was able to get up on his own immediately and continue the celebration of the Mass.  In the homily the Pope said that he was approaching Bethlehem like a "shepherd" to adore the Baby Jesus and he insisted on the need to remain awake and vigilant.

DSCN1916Here we Sisters are again to give you an update on our activities. We are now very busy preparing things for Christmas.

We are giving religious instruction in kindergarten for children 4 and 5 years old. We enjoy going to this particular school because the principal and teachers are a delight. We give the class and then the teachers during the entire week remind them of all that we said and the children finish the homework we've given them. We are now preparing a small Christmas festival with the "Moo, Moo, Moo" song, which we translated into Italian. Now in Advent the director has asked us to have meetings once a week with the mothers of the children.

At our school in Playa Prieta, Ecuador, we are nearing the end of the school year, and this means lots of paperwork, in addition to making and correcting exams. Furthermore there are First Communions, Confirmations, and activities with the different Confirmation groups. We have to ask priests to come to celebrate Mass and hear Confessions, organize the end of the year party for the children,  a party with the teachers (next week), etc.

DSCN1943For the weekend of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 5th to 8th), the Servant Brothers together with Fr. Higinio (a friend of the Home) arranged an encounter for boys, members of the Home of the Mother of the Youth. They met up on Saturday night in the "Santa Marta" House in Navalilla, Segovia.

100_0249Here is the latest news from our sisters in Priego (Sr. Ana María Cabezuelo, Sr. Christine, Sr. Bernadette and Sr. Rosi)

An man who, until a few months ago lived in the Sisters' home for the eldery, died on Sunday. As he was seriously ill, he had recently been moved to another residence. He died on Gaudete Sunday and we hope, in God's infinite mercy, that his encounter with the Lord has truly been joyful. He recieved the anointing of the sick before dying and we were able to pray the Divine Mercy chaplet with him several times.

On December 8th, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother in Nicaragua travelled to San Salvador (in El Salvador) to attend the priestly ordination of three Salvadorans. Two of them, Manuel de Jesús Lozano Estrada and Marcos Tulio Portillo Peña, had been classmates of Fr. Jose Javier and Fr. Reinhard at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

As December 6th was the Second Sunday of Advent this year, we could not celebrate the Mass for Saint Nicholas, the patron of our parish in Fabero, Spain. But, neither did we want this great saint to be completely forgotten. The children from the catechism classes preparing for their First Communion (in Spain, they are usually 4th-graders) enthusiastically prepared a little play that was shown before Sunday Mass that day.

On Sunday, December 6th, the Servant Sisters of Ave Maria, Florida went to Immokalee to sing Christmas Carols at the local market.  The people who live there are very poor and work hard. We wanted to bring them the joy of Baby Jesus' coming.

On the occasion of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Servant Sisters in Fabero held a meeting for catechists at our house, for prayer, discussion, and a cup of coffee.

A beautiful bouquet of flowers for Our Lady filled the afternoon with color.

vida3I suppose you are all wondering how we are getting on here in Belmonte, Spain. We continue to take care of the boarding school of Mary Immaculate. This year, the Community consists of: Sr. María, Sr. Estela, Sr. Megan and Sr. Hope. At the moment we also have two novices with us: Sr. Kelai and Sr. Ana María Lapeña. There are 21 girls in the school this year. We will tell you a bit about what we have been up to in these Castilian lands.

Inmaculada1From December 5th to 8th, we have had a wonderful get-together for girls in La Aldehuela, Getafe (Spain).

noticia-1-1The World Youth Day Cross, an initiative of Pope John Paul II, which is now on tour in Ecuador, was recently in our Province of Manabi. On December 18th, we received it in Chone. We had our first encounter with it at the local University “Eloy Alfaro.” We were allowed to use the university auditorium and there, we hoisted the Cross which would preside the event held with students from the university and from “Santa Mariana de Jesus” School, who had the cross at their school in the morning hours, prior to its arrival at the university, at 4pm.

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