On Friday afternoon, May 4, three Servant Brothers- Br. William, Br. Kristian and Br. Greggy- received the Rite of Admission to Candidacy of Holy Orders at Loeches Parish. The Mass was presided by the Bishop of Alcala, his excellence Juan Antonio Reig Pla. Br. Nicolas received the Acolyte, ministry that enables the man who receives it to distribute the Holy Eucharist to the faithful in the Church’s name. Following, everyone had a snack at the convent in Loeches.
Immediately afterwards, the Servant Brothers went to Villalbilla to celebrate the feast day of their patron, Christ the Guide. That night, a mobile nightclub was scheduled to be in the main square. The Servant Brothers organized a vigil at the same hour in order to invite the youth that were there to visit the Blessed Sacrament exposed on the altar. Apart from the parish faithful, the majority of the youth came to visit the Lord and light a candle in front of the altar. The Parish choir, “Kelaia: The Voice of the Lord,” sang throughout the vigil. Everyone prayed prayers of praise, adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, supplication, and petition. There was a spotlight shining on the town’s patron, Christ the Guide, while another spotlight illuminated the Blessed Sacrament that was next to the patron. Everyone who passed through the chapel was invited to put a candle before the altar. About 170 people participated in the vigil, a large group of whom were the youth planning to spend the night at the mobile nightclub. The Servant Brothers made the most of the night through the apostolate of conquering young people for the Lord.
The next day, May 5, at the start of the month in which many will receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time, a retreat was organized at Robledal Park for the children preparing them for their First Holy Communion. The kids belonged to the catechism groups from Villalbilla, Los Hueros, and Zulema. From 10am until 5pm, they spent the day playing many games and doing contests to prepare them to receive the Sacrament of Confession at the chapel of Our Lady of Robledal, praying and watching videos about the Eucharist in the chapel.
This first weekend of Mary’s month was full. It was full of joy because of the ministries received, full of unity among the brothers from three communities (Rome, Valencia and Madrid), and full of apostolate to conquer youth for the Lord (prayer vigil in Villalbilla and First Communion retreat). We are very grateful to the Lord and Our Blessed Mother.