January 31st was the feast of Saint John Bosco and, therefore, was a great feast in the “Oratory” of our Parish of “San Apollonio” in Lumezzane. We also celebrated a Day for Peace, as it was the last day of the month dedicated to peace.
On Saturday, January 30th, we left by bus for Montilla, Cordoba, with the mission of gaining an indulgence. We were a group of about 40 people: adults, several married couples, young people, two children, and one that was still yet to be born...and the four Sisters here in the Servant Sisters' community in Alcala (Seville, Spain).
The weekend of January 29th-31st, the Servant Sisters of Getafe (Madrid) had a get-together for girls ages 12-17. There were girls from Mostoles, from the parish we work in, as well as others from Toledo and Saragossa. The get-together began on Friday, January 29th by popular demand, as the girls had the day off from school. The girls came for dinner. They got to meet some new friends (not all of them knew each other before), we showed them their rooms, and they watched a photo slideshow of the past get-togethers we've had. Then, we prayed the Salve Regina and they went to bed.
On Saturday, January 16th, Rosa Duque, pediatrician and member of the Groups of Prayer of the Sacred Heart, came from Madrid to Alcala de Guadaira (Seville) on a “quick apostolic trip” to give a talk on sexual education entitled: “Created to Love.”
We had a get-together for girls in Chone, Ecuador, on the weekend of January 30th-31st. We went to the “Santa Maria Bernarda” Parish Center, where they let us use the facilities free of charge and where we were able to fit a group of about 90 girls.
On January 6th, we Sisters organized a live nativity scene and a “re-enactment” of the visit of the Three Kings in Lumezzane, Italy, with the adults of our parish. Fr. Tino, our Pastor, was very enthusiastic about the idea of bringing back this old tradition that had not taken place for the past several years. At first, it seemed that the parishioners were not too keen on the idea, but little by little their enthusiasm increased and in the end, there were about 80 participants, adults and children included.
From January 1-5, 2010, we had a get-together for girls in Barcenilla, Cantabria (Spain). Some of the girls wanted to share there testimonies with us:
Cristina Fernandez, age 13, from Mostoles (Madrid) writes:
“My experience at the get-together we had was great! It helped me to grow closer to Jesus and to learn more about Him and about Our Lady. I met a lot of people and new friends...and these friends, along with the Sisters, have taught me how to pray better. I have learned how to appreciate my life more and I also learned more English. Thanks to all these things, I am more sure that I want to become part of the Home of the Mother. I was really amazed by all the Sisters do, too: the television, radio, the magazine...they even sew and build houses. They can do everything!”
On January 1st, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, we had the opportunity to participate in the entrance of one of the girls from the Home of the Mother of the Youth in Ecuador, as a Carmelite Sister.
That day, we left Playa Prieta at 9:30am in two vans. We were a total of 25 people on our way to Montecristi, where the Carmelite Monastery is located. Once we got there, we had Mass at 11am with Fr. Patricio, from Manta (Ecuador).
On Sunday, January 3rd, several families from our parish came to eat lunch at our house. They had been begging us, for some time now, to make them paella (a typical Spanish dish) as they have a special love for it. It was a beauiful day for all of us. They came over after the 9:30am Children's Mass, to help prepare the paella. A total of 10 couples came with their children, for a grand total of 40-45 people.
Carl : I am converting to Catholicism partly because of Sister Clare Crockett.