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We now have information available on this year's Holy Week Encounters. This year, as in the past, there will be Encounters in Ecuador, Florida (USA), and Spain. For the first time, there will be one held in Canada.

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.

At the “Maria Elisabetta” Farm, the Home of the Mother is working to help several poor families, as well as to provide for the children's soup kitchens in the area. Bananas have been grown for exporting.

2010 is a Jubilee Year for St. James and the Servant Brothers are organizing a walking pilgrimage for boys to visit his tomb! Check out the schedule below and sign up now!

On January 21, 2010, the Sisters in Jacksonville drove by van, along with 9 girls, to Washington, DC, for the March for Life, which would take place the next day.

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}

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.

enero8From 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!”

 

noticia3-2On 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.

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.

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