Fr. Andrew Pastore. Quite a few steps have had to be take on the pilgrim way toward 2014 in these last weeks. The challenge of Fr. Jose Maria having to step down for health reasons is perhaps eased by the fact that the new team is larger in size and ready to move things forward.
org. For the feastday of Fr José María García on 19 March Sr M. Luciane Machens, who from 2008 shared with him the responsibility for preparing and conducting Conference 2014 and the time of preparation for the 2014 Jubilee that followed, has written him a personal letter to thank him for all he has done in these four years. We gladly fulfil her wish to publish this letter on schoenstatt.org.
Agathe Hug/org. The Holy Mass "toward 2014" celebrated at the Original Shrine allows the participants - and also those who are present through schoenstatt-tv, through schoenstatt.org, simply through a poster placed in the Shrine, or by downloading the reports and the petitions - to go on pilgrimage every Saturday to one country or another, where the Covenant of Love is present. At these Masses, all the countries, where there is someone who has sealed the Covenant of Love, are mentioned. It is the same whether it is a country where Schoenstatt has existed for decades and has thousands of members, or others, where there is only one Pilgrim MTA or two or three people in whom the fire of the Covenant of Love burns. Some are surprised to see the names of the countries, but it also makes them feel responsible for Mary's love toward them, that is what Father José María García wrote in the 2014 bulletin of December 2011. And this is what happened to those who participated in the Holy Mass in covenant with Senegal, on Saturday morning.
ARGENTINA, Juan Barbosa. During the Mass con-celebrated for the arrival of the Father Symbol to Córdoba, Father José María Iturrería invited the large number of faithful to "embody" the Year of Shrine that the Schoenstatt International Family is celebrating on the way toward the jubilee of the Covenant of Love with the words "Let us make our Nation…a Shrine!" The Father Symbol visited the province of Córdoba for four days on its worldwide pilgrimage in preparation for 2014 and was brought by a delegation that went to Ciudad de Santa Fe on March 8th to meet it.
Agathe Hug. There are some important anniversaries in the year 2012. Seventy years have passed since the January 20, 1942. The Pre-founding Document of October 27, 1912 is one hundred years old. It is seventy years since March 11, 1942. Presumably many are scratching their heads. Wednesday, March 11, 1942? That was the day Father Kentenich began the trip to Dachau. The train that took him from Koblenz to Limburg departed at approximately 4:00 p.m., passing through Bad Ems. In Limburg, the train that carried the prisoners was connected to another one. They spent the night in Frankfurt, and the following day they continued to Dachau, where they arrived on March 13th. What does this have to do with Senegal? March 10th, the Holy Mass “toward 2014 was celebrated in covenant with Senegal. The brothers/sisters in covenant in Senegal are also a part of the large Family of whom this period when Father Kentenich was jailed in Koblenz and in the concentration camp of Dachau seventy years ago is also important to them.
ARGENTINA, Guillermo Romero. On March 1st, the Schoenstatt Family from Nogoyá joyfully welcomed the visit of the Father Symbol traveling throughout the world.
org. The contours of the celebrations on 18 October 2014 in Schoenstatt and then in Rome are gradually becoming visible - and influence people in the worldwide Schoenstatt Movement. 2014 will be a pilgrimage ... and takes shape "with every step on our pilgrim way". 2014 is gathering the Family "from every country, community and generation to renew the covenant of love" (WD 2014) at the Original Shrine. It opens its door in a new way from 1 April. The "original Peregrina" with which Joao Pozzobon walked 140.000 km on pilgrimage in order to bring the Mother Thrice Admirable to the people, will be present at the celebrations in Schoenstatt and Rome. In April it begins a pilgrimage through the whole of Brazil. The central feature of the renewal of the covenant of love on 18 October 2014 will be "the re-entry of the MTA picture into the Original Shrine and putting up the missionary Cross". Catchword: "Image of new evangelisation" and Year of Faith. The highpoint of 18 October 2014 will be the removal of the MTA picture from the Original Shrine, after which it will be carried through the crowds and then re-enter the Original Shrine as we renew the covenant of love (AD 2014). A project that began very quietly has taken up this spirit and gives her a face, in the fullest sense of the word: The MTA mosaic for 2014 for Schoenstatt and Rome, the face of the MTA for the world. Everyone can join in.
ARGENTINA, Claudia Lell. In an atmosphere of respectful prayer, reflection, and music with very evocative lyrics, the Rosary Campaign missionaries from Crespo, Entre Rios province, honored the short but fruitful visit of the "Father Symbol" on its worldwide pilgrimage in preparation for the jubilee of the Covenant of Love in 2014.
Melanie and Ulrich Grauert. During the lunch break of the leaders' workshop for the "Covenant Culture Tents," we went with Father Andrew on a pilgrimage through Covenant House. Going through the house were steps on the pilgrimage road toward 2014 - this is what Father Andrew said - when in 2014, we will be at home.
Agathe Hug/org. German, English and Spanish - those are the languages that are normally heard in the Original Shrine. In the Holy Mass in covenant with Scotland less well known sounds were to be heard, and the face of the celebrant was also unknown to most of those present (the exception - those who regularly read schoenstatt.org and Rome pilgrims), so both in Chat and the internet the question was asked: Who is it? The main celebrant on the first Saturday in March was Fr Gerardo Carcar from Argentina. For some years he has been the parish priest of the parish of St Francis and St Catherine in Trastevere, Rome, the parish entrusted to the Schoenstatt Fathers. He greeted the participants in the Holy Mass "on the way to 2014" also in Italian.