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Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians: together at a distance, too

20 May 2020

(Rome, 20 May 2020) - The feast day of Mary Help of Christians occurs next Sunday, 24 May. Normally the feast day in Turin has always been marked by many celebrations and an evening procession among the city's most heartfelt and participatory. But this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the party will be "special" and it will become even more important to be able to participate while staying "at a distance". Here is the live broadcast/streaming schedule:

Sunday 24 May - Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians

The main celebrations will take place in the Basilica of Maria Ausiliatrice in Turin:

- at 11:00 am (GMT+2), featuring the solemn Eucharistic concelebration presided by Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, Archbishop of Turin;

Live streaming on the ANS Facebook page, with commentary in Italian.

- at 5 pm, the solemn Eucharistic concelebration presided by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major;

Live streaming on the ANS Facebook page, with commentary in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese; and only, in Spanish, also on the ANS YouTube channel and the Colombian broadcaster TeleVid.

- at 8:30 pm, the Rosary meditated inside the Basilica. Subsequently, the statue of the Help of Christians will be brought to the square in front of the church and the archbishop of Turin and the Rector Major of the Salesians will pronounce a prayer of entrustment to Mary Help of Christians.

Live streaming on the ANS Facebook page, with commentary in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese; and only, in Spanish, also on the ANS YouTube channel and the Colombian broadcaster TeleVid.

Many faithful and groups of the Salesian Family all over the world have already confirmed their spiritual participation - especially in the act of entrusting themselves to Mary Help of Christians: a way to put the fate of the world tried by the pandemic under her mantle.

The feast day of Mary Help of Christians was set for May 24 by Pope Pius VII in memory of his return to Rome (24 May 1814), after his imprisonment under Napoleon in Fontainebleau.

Originally the celebration was limited to the Church of Rome, but was soon adopted by the Tuscan dioceses (1816) and then extended to the universal Church. The groups of the Salesian Family are closely linked to Mary's devotion under the title of Help of Christians, as Saint John Bosco, the founder of the Salesian Congregation, chose her as the main patroness of the Salesian Family and of his works.

INTERVIEWS

  • Italy – “Which Salesians for today's youth?” Fr Marcoccio explains formation course

    (ANS - Rome) - To deepen the contents of the 28th General Chapter (GC28), the Conference of the Salesian Provinces of Italy (CISI) - Formation Sector - and the "Opera Tabernacoli Viventi" Study Center organized a course of online meetings. Today, Fr Francesco Marcoccio, Vicar and Delegate for Formation of the Central Italy Circumscription (ICC) illustrates it for us in detail.

EVENTS

  • Malta – SYM Europe and Middle East General Assembly 2020

    (ANS - Sliema) - The Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) of Europe and the Middle East held its traditional General Assembly on November 20-21. Although it was planned to be hosted by Malta, the current situation required it to be done online. More than 60 young people, representatives of the various countries, accompanied by Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, participated in the meeting, which was always accompanied by the virtual presence of the General Councilors for Youth Ministry Sister Runita Borja, for the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, and Fr Miguel Ángel García Morcuende, for the Salesians. The theme of the Assembly revolved around the so-called 4 Cs": Crisis, Connectivity, Communion and “coinvolgimento”, i.e., Involvement.

SPECIAL REPORTS

  • Brazil – Salesians in the Amazon

    (ANS - Brasilia) - Since 1915 the Salesian mission has operated with 23 indigenous ethnic groups in the Rio Negro region and its tributaries in the extreme north of Brazil. The Salesian missionary dimension in the country finds expression above all in the presence among the original peoples: the Provinces of the Salesians of Don Bosco "St Domenico Savio", based in Manaus (BMA), and "St Alfonso Maria de 'Liguori" based in Campo Grande (BCG), and the Provinces of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians dedicated to “Laura Vicuña” and “Santa Teresinha” (Manaus) and “Our Lady of Peace” (Cuiabá), are considered missionary Provinces for this very reason.

MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR

  • DON BOSCO, THE MAN OF GOD WHO ALWAYS ASKED OTHERS FOR HELP

    Dear friends of Don Bosco and his charism, I greet you almost at the end of 2020, this year which we have lived through and which we will remember as a hard year, painful in many ways. It is a year that has changed us – without intending to have done so – in our lifestyle, habits, and customs perhaps but, certainly, at least, in the rhythm of our personal, family, and community life. While thinking about all that a year means, I pondered on something that I keep very much in my heart. I don’t know if it is due to how I was raised or to my own nature but I have engraved into my very being the need to give thanks constantly and to be grateful for the so very many things that I receive in my life as a free gift, having  nothing to do with personal merit. I don’t know if others feel this way. Maybe other people consider that everything they have is owed to them, even life itself, but this is not how I feel.

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