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On Friday, February 12th, the Sisters and girls from Jacksonville went to Tampa for a get-together for girls and lay members of the Home of the Mother. We stayed at the Rectory of St. Anthony's Parish, where we also met up with some of the girls from Tampa.

We can finally announce that the Home of the Mother of the Youth has begun in Italy. On Saturday, February 6th, First Saturday of the month, a group of 6 girls entered the Home, the first members of HMY in Italy.

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.

We, the Servant Brothers in Rome, are in awe! It is so great to be able to study in the Heart of the Church! Every day, we are able to see that the Church encompasses every continent, as many of our companions at the university are from all over the world. Also, we are able to listen to the Pope. He has given all of us, the entire Church a Year in which to meditate on a beautiful vocation: “How great is the priest. If he realized this, he would die. God obeys him: he utters a few words and the Lord descends from heaven at his voice, to be contained within a small host.” (Benedict XVI, quoting the Cure of Ars) Such a close intimacy with God requires that the priest renounce any kind of protagonism, and to the degree in which we decrease, Jesus can shine forth. This is what we are called to live!

 

On Sunday, February 7th, Fr. Rafael, along with Servant Sisters, Servant Priests/Brothers, members and friends of the Home of the Mother, all came together at "San Maurizio" Parish, located on the outskirts of Rome, for the baptism of Baby Pablo de Maria Tridente, son of Laura and Giovanni Tridente (members of the Home) and now a child of God.

This past Saturday, February 6th, in La Aldehuela (Getafe), we had this year's first get-together for grade-school age girls. There was time for everything except being bored. The youngest girls helped Jennifer find virtues, thanks to a secret map. They made a beautiful jewelry box and they did a "show" in the afternoon. We had a skating contest, games and dancing, and to top it all off, a Holy Hour to console Jesus in the Eucharist.

HM Television, together with the Holy See’s Congregation for the Clergy, presents “Alter Christus”, a fast-paced film on the many aspects of the priesthood in the life of the Church. Centered on the life of St. John Vianney, the topics covered range from the Priestly Identity to the Sacraments, from Celibacy to the Mission. The video is included in 5 languages: EnglishSpanishFrenchItalian, and German.

The girls from the Home of the Mother residence in Jacksonville organized a retreat for young men and women from the 29th to 31st of January 2010. 55 young people attended.

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).

We are truly in awe as we witness the amazing apostolic dimensions of mass media. It has been almost a year since HM Television produced the program “Life Will Triumph” (first issued in Spanish, with the title “La Vida Vencera”), with the goal of responding to the aggressive political maneuvers taking place in Spain, as in other parts of the world, in efforts to legalize abortion. The program was distributed to nearly 1,000 associations or organizations active in defense of the unborn and it was also aired on several national and foreign television channels.

At the beginning of 2010, the Home of the Mother Magazine that began being published a little over 25 years ago by a group of enthusiastic young people with very little resources, had to launch an urgent appeal to all its subscribers.

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 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.

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Dúo Santa Cecilia (St. Cecilia Duo) sang I Prefer Paradise as a tribute to Sr. Clare on the third anniversary of her death.

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