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Campamento de verano 2017 en Wulai.

8A fines de diciembre del 2016 los Misioneros Claretianos asumimos la animación pastoral de la Parroquia-Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Fátima. La Parroquia tiene su centro en Wulai, y además cuenta con una capilla en un pueblo a 20 km. de la Parroquia: Fu-shan. En Fu-shan viven unas 20 familias católicas, en este momento la celebración de la Misa es cada viernes por la noche y los jueves se hacen visitas a las casas, oración y ensayo de cantos. Una de nuestras lineas pastorales a reforzar es el apoyo y promoción de la pastoral juvenil y por ello se confió al grupo juvenil la misión de organizar un campamento de verano. Hace muchos años esta parroquia era un lugar donde se realizaban campamentos con mas de 200 niños.
6Los jóvenes lo tomaron con mucho entusiasmo y responsabilidad, aunque al principio temían que no se inscribieran suficientes niños... había pasado mucho tiempo desde el último campamento y no sabíamos como seria la respuesta a esta propuesta. Fue mucho mejor de lo esperado, participaron 27 niños (desde tercero de elemental hasta primer curso de grado medio), cinco de ellos no pertenecían a la Parroquia.
Fueron tres días y dos noches en la que el grupo juvenil parroquial se involucró activamente y contaron con el apoyo de varios padres; al final, vencidos los miedos y las dificultades, todos quedaron muy contentos y satisfechos con la experiencia, tanto los chavales como los jóvenes y los padres que la hicieron posible.
Ahora el desafío pastoral es reforzar el grupo juvenil, dotarlo de una identidad y misión y comenzar a trabajar, entre otras cosas, en la preparación del campamento del próximo año, que esperamos sea de una semana.

 

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School of the Heart of Mary (Phase 2 Barbastro) II

IMAG1273It was quite providential to meet two of the eye witnesses of our elder brothers on their way to martyrdom. They were Francisco Cece and Ricardo. Ricardo lived very close to our seminary and he still remembers that he saw his mother looking outside through the upper window and crying. As a child he was curious to see the sight that made his mother cry. It was heartbreaking for him as a child to see the Claretian missionaries captured and taken in custody by the anarchist and they were taken to Piarist Auditorium. Francisco Cece (93 years old now) and his family lived in Barcelona till 1935. In 1936 they came to Barbastro and settled near to the town hall. In those days it was common for the children to play in the streets. As he was playing together with his other companions he saw Luis Masferrer cmf who was his catechism teacher together with others were taken to Piarist School where he studied. He followed them in distance as child because he did not understand the seriousness of what is happening; but he was sad to see his catechism teacher is taken in custody by the anarchist. Fr. Santiago Mompel (Piarist) was his class teacher who later tells about Claretians. He was the Chronicler of their congregation who wrote in the Chronicle telling that he saw twenty Claretians were taken for execution from the Piarist school to a place three kilometers away from the school, and he could hear exactly twenty gun shots which he testifies that it was the execution of twenty Claretian brothers.

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School of the Heart of Mary (Phase 2 Barbastro) I

DSC 0739 2 CopyEver since I heard about the Claretian Martyrs of Barbastro from my initial formation, it was my deep desire to visit this place where our elder brothers suffered for the sake of Christ and prepared themselves to give up their life for Him. Thanks to the Almighty God for fulfilling my long awaited dream. I was in Barbastro community for a week where we have the Museum of 51 Claretian martyrs. The spiritual atmosphere of this old Martyr Seminary allowed me to make a journey with them on their way to martyrdom. The guidance and narration of Benjamin Elcano cmf regarding Claretian martyrs of Barbastro helped me to imagine what has happened on July 20th 1936 when 60 anarchists broke into this silent cloister shouting “where are you hiding the weapons”? The words of Superior of the community (Munárriz cmf) that ‘we are religious and here are no arms’ in fact infuriated the anarchists. Indeed it was the beginning of their way to martyrdom. Humanly speaking the most anxious moments of uncertainty and fear. But I believe that they were able to transcend their physical vulnerability for being faithful to their vocation by the grace of God and the mutual encouragement.

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