Italy - 150th anniversary of Basilica of Mary Help of Christians: a candle for each Province before Mary

15 December 2017

(ANS - Turin) - To best celebrate the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, scheduled 9 June 2018, the Special Circumscription of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta (ICP) has launched an initiative of unity, fraternity and spirituality in solidarity at the Congregation-wide level: for each single Province, a specific day of prayer will be offered. For this reason, every Province is urged to send a candle to Valdocco; the candle will be lit before the painting of Mary Help of Christians. Below is the message of Fr Guido Errico, director at Mother Mary Help of Christians.

Dear Provincials, we greet you from Valdocco where we inaugurated a series of events for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians: June 9, 1868/2018.

Here, all our confreres feel at home and all the members of the Salesian Family feel being part of a history of educational holiness initiated by Don Bosco.

Here, young people of all backgrounds, who come to visit our Father, are continually directed by him to place themselves under the mantle of Mary Help of Christians.

For these reasons, we wish that your Province also participate in this celebration of gratitude to Mary Help of Christians, and feel represented in the prayer that will be offered in our Basilica.

Every day we will pray for the intentions and needs of a Province of the Congregation and for the needs of the Salesian Family present in that territory.

We ask you to express your presence in the Basilica through a candle that will be lit before the picture of Mary Help of Christians. When your candle arrives in Turin, the day we shall pray for your Province will be indicated to you. The Rector of the Basilica is available for any further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Rector Major, informed of this initiative, hopes that this new chain of prayer, which will cross our Congregation starting from Valdocco, will help the whole Salesian Family to offer our particular contribution in view of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment.


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