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2017 summer camp in Wulai.

2At the end of December 2016 the Claretian Missionaries took on the pastoral animation of the Parish-Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima. The Parish has its center in Wulai, and also has a chapel in a 20 km. away village: Fu-shan. Some 20 Catholic families live in Fu-shan; there the Mass is celebrated every Friday night. Thursdays is the time for home visits, prayer and song rehearsal. One of our pastoral guidelines is the support and promotion of youth ministry and for this reason the youth group were entrusted with the mission of preparing a summer camp for kids. Many years ago, this parish that organized summer camps for more than 200 children each.
The youth group took it with great enthusiasm and responsibility, although at first they feared that may be not enough children would join the activity... it had been a long time since the last summer camp and we did not know how the response to this proposal would be. Indeed, it was much better than we expected, 27 children took part (from third grade elementary to first grade middle school), five of them did not belong to the Parish.
7It was three days and two nights in which the parish youth group became actively involved and had the logistic support of several parents; In the end, once fears and difficulties were over, everyone was happy and satisfied with the experience, both the young people and the parents who made it possible as well as the kids who joined.
The challenge now is to strengthen the youth group, provide it with a clear identity and mission, and to start working, among other things, in the preparation of next year's camp, which we hope will be a week long one.

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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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