From December 6-8, 2017, the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother had a get-together with girls. Everyone arrived on December 6 at 9:00pm and we started off with dinner together. There were nine girls that came to spend the weekend with us.
After dinner we watched a movie that helped us prepare to live the get-together well. Then we played a game that went throughout the whole house. It was a bit of a scary game, and we played with the lights turned off to give it the right touch. It was really fun. After the game, we sang the Salve Regina to Our Lady and went to bed.
The next morning after breakfast we went to the chapel to have time for prayer and begin our very full day. One of the sisters gave some ideas to help the girls pray. After prayer, we left the house and took the metro to Valencia. We sang Christmas carols because we were headed to the nursing home that the Little Sisters of the Poor have in Valencia. Sr. Rosa welcomed us and showed us around the house. The tour began in the chapel where the Blessed Sacrament was. The relics of their foundress, St. Teresa Jornet, are also there.
After the tour, we split the group up so as to be able to help out on the different floors of the nursing home. Some of us helped to feed the elderly, some served lunch in the dining room, and others washed plates. After our volunteer work, Sr. Rosa took us to a room where we could have lunch. Later on, we had a meeting with Sr. Rosa and another sister where we shared our experiences of helping the elderly. Some of the girls said that it had been a positive experience because it had given them the opportunity to help others. It was the first type of experience like this for some of them.
When the meeting ended, we said goodbye to the sisters, thanking them for welcoming us. As we left the nursing home we went to the house of the Mary’s Ark Sisters, who were waiting for our visit. When we arrived, two of the six sisters that are in Valencia greeted us. They showed us their chapel and the house, and then took us to a dining room where they had prepared a delicious snack. There, they shared their vocation storied with us. It was a very enriching moment, because the testimony of the each sister helped the girls.
When we went home, we had Mass celebrated by Fr. Evaristo de Vicente, an Opus Dei priest who is here in Valencia. He came to celebrate Mass and hear confessions if anyone wanted. In the chapel when Mass ended we celebrated the Vigil of the Immaculate Conception in honor of Our Lady. After the Vigil we had dinner and went to bed.
On December 8th , we ate churros (a sweet Spanish treat) and hot chocolate to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. After breakfast we had time for prayer, and a Sister also gave a meditation to help the girls. Later on, we made a dessert for lunch and also a handcraft. At 2:00 p.m. we ate lunch and ended the get-together. We are thankful to Immaculate Mary for allowing us to spend these days together to know and love Her more.