Category Archives: Pastoral work

Sister Bibiane reports from Fribourg, Suisse, where since 2016, she has been part of a team of pastoral visitors to the Home des Chênes in the Parish where our community is located. This Home currently accommodates 83 elderly people from all over the canton of Fribourg. Here is her story: One day, the pastoral worker, responsible for our group, suggested that I start a gospel sharing group within the Home for the residents who would like it. Indeed, she was aware that I was already participating in a group the “Gospel at Home” in Fribourg.What are these “Gospel at Home” groups? These are small neighborhood groups that meet once a month, since 2011, using the booklet that bears the same name, in order to rediscover the Word of God in continuous reading. This year, the Gospel according to Matthew is offered.The moment of astonishment, of surprise passed, after having spoken…

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It was June 26, the MSOLA community, like all the parishioners of Saint Jean-Baptiste de Sceaux, was invited to the big annual end-of-year party. It was for Agnès Nouyrigat, the occasion of a beautiful meeting. Our church being too small to contain all the parishioners, a large tent was erected by municipal employees in the garden of the Menagerie, which allowed everyone to participate in the Eucharistic celebration. The choir, accompanied by several instruments was able to motivate the assembly, with well-chosen and catchy songs. The celebration ended with the blessing of the families. I must say that this gesture for the families particularly moved me. It was touching to see coming before the priest: fathers, mothers and children, several kneeling to receive the blessing, then putting into a basket a prayer intention written by the family. An aperitif taken on the spot, still under the tent, allowed people to…

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I am Sr. Marie Ange Ndayishimiye, I am Burundian missionary in Mauritania. I am in my third year on this desert land, warm and endearing. I thank Jesus Christ who, by his goodness, made me hear his words of sending on mission: “go to my vineyard, you too, and I will give you what is right. “I went there, body and soul, and since then I have had no regrets. Mauritania, in addition to its dunes, is a beautiful country where certain ethnic groups raise cows, camels, sheep, goats, etc. In some places, such as Rosso, and in other villages, rice and vegetables are grown and, above all, there are places planted with date palms. Come and you will see how good the Lord is! There are a good number of Muslim families who ask us to pray for them. My presence here, like that of the whole Church, is…

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I am preparing for my visit to the prison. The sheets of the Word of God for next Sunday. The list of prisoners. Currently there are 20. Objects requested by others. Messages from families; super important to stay in touch, to continue to live with the family, often also to reconcile. In the end, I enter a lot into the lives of families. I discover people through relationships with their loved ones, wives, children, parents, friends. Saturday 2 p.m. I am ready. I go to the chapel. I ask the Lord: Send me. I’m going in your name. I leave the house, I walk towards the prison. It is a way of prayer, I say the rosary. It’s Saturday, so I’m still meditating on the glorious mysteries, life is reborn, joy after pain… I’m also talking to the angels to prepare the way ahead of me. I walk through the…

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This last month of the year has been marked by a happy event.

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Danuta at work

  This pandemic has forced us to change habits and patterns and made us discover new ways of carrying out our apostolate. Here in Oran, Algeria, we used to go to the prison in pairs (with a priest) once a week to meet between 25-38 men. The prisoners are almost all sub-Saharan (majority Cameroonians). Most have no other visits and no links with the outside since their arrest. During the visit I try to listen to each one. When I get home I contact their relatives, their partners, friends in Algeria and then by Facebook their families and friends living elsewhere. It is an extremely emotional and spiritual apostolate because we are journeying together and we are able to form a family that meets once a week around the Word of God. Due to the health crisis, the country’s authorities suspended visits to prisoners, but during the last few months,…

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A new missal for my daughter The ” Chapelle Lavigerie ” is located in Tunisia in the parish of St. Cyprien in Carthage. I go there regularly for mass during the week. But one evening, something important happened there! During an adoration, I said “yes” to a project that I had started a few years earlier and then dropped it. “Make me next year’s missal”. In 2018, I wanted to give a missal to my student children, a daily missal to encourage them to read the Bible. All I found were Sunday missals or perpetual missals that were very expensive and complicated to use, not at all the kind to give to students! Since I couldn’t find what I was looking for, I went to work and made this missal myself.  I found the texts online, on the site of the AELF, the Episcopal Liturgical Association for French-speaking countries. I…

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sr marie angeles

                                  Apostolate in the prison of Ghardaïa The welcome from the authorities in Ghardaïa is very good and we have been well received. We met the Director, who made himself available to us to ensure that the prayer service was carried out in favourable conditions while respecting the rules of the prison. Relations with the guards who allow us access to prisoners are also good, and with some even fraternal. We feel they trust us. The guards prepare a nice room for us to meet. Everyone is properly seated, and we can make a circle that helps everyone participate better. There are four attitudes that we must always maintain: humility, following the instructions given, respect for those people who are in the different prison departments, and recognition. The guards are respectful when they are…

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MSOLA Bunamwaya community (Kampala – Uganda) Throughout the year Sr Theopista and the prepostulants have participated regularly in praying the Rosary, the Way of the Cross and in other celebrations and activities in two special plac in our area : at Namugongo Bunamwaya and Lost City (two disadvantaged areas). These are the places where people, especially youth, addicted to drugs and alcohol, live with their families. In collaboration with Mr. Richard Yiga, the leader of laity of the subparish, we aimed at helping them in behavior change. Occasionally one or the other members of the community joined the Group. Only our presence and listening attitude made those people feel accepted, respected and loved. They were proud of having sisters interested in them and participating in celebrations organized by them. At one moment, Theopista participated in the organization of a treatment camp for those who wished to finish with their addictions. It was sponsored by…

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Read about the first international day of street children in Tamale, Ghana; about our commitments for justice and peace in Spain and Canada and the islamo-christian marian day at Our Lady of Africa Basilica in Algeria.

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