Posted On 8. February 2018 In Missions

Reaching out from the La Plata Shrine: 20 years of Family Missions

ARGENTINA, Lilita and Carlos Ricciardi, Maria Fischer •

Accompanied by prayers and capital of grace of many people from La Plata and elsewhere made the Family Missions this year special with this touch of jubilee since it was the twentieth time that families and youths from La Plata went on mission. When Luis and Lorena Folonier with their three children now participating in their first mission as parents (although nineteen years ago they did it as an engaged couple) took the offering up during the Mass, it was an impressive moment summarizing those twenty years of Family Missions. There were other people that always or almost always participated in these Family Missions, such as Eduardo and Alicia Monguillot, Juli Gabriela and Gastón Zurita, and Fr. Javier Arteaga, among others.

Unforgettable moments

The Family Missions were carried out for the second time in Ranchos, a province of Buenos Aires. Fr. Santos welcomed the mission at the Ranchos church, and he sent them forth on mission in the town, that town whose streets they already knew and whose people were already waiting for them. Thus they went on mission in pairs, like Jesus’ disciples, with mate, Mary in hand, and Jesus’ fire in their hearts.

The First Communion of Celina Gimeno, age 86, was one of the greatest and most touching moments. Fr. Stelman, who accompanied the missionaries as their priest, traveled to homes; years ago he participated as a young missionary. Franco was baptized during the Missions in Maipú in 2001, and this year he was present as a missionary in Ranchos.

 

With Magnificat attitude

On the last day, many missionaries from previous years and Lilita and Carlos Ricciardi, the engines of prayer for the Family Missions, joined the group. They presented the missionaries with a collection of the prayer chains, testimonies, chronicles, and different activities of the Family Missions during these past twenty years. Of course, Maria Fischer and the entire schoenstatt.org team that have been protagonists in helping spread the prayer of solidarity for the Family Missions for many years, were included.

Lastly the final and the biggest expression of gratitude is for all those who welcomed the Family Missions from La Plata throughout these twenty years of mission:

 

1999 –  General Belgrano, province of Buenos Aires

2000 –  General Belgrano, province of Buenos Aires

2001 – Maipú, province of Buenos Aires

2002 – Maipú, province Buenos Aires

2003 – Diamante, province of Entre Ríos

2004 – Diamante, province of Entre Ríos

2005 – Oliveros, Province of Santa Fe y Bovril, province of Entre Ríos

2006 – Oliveros, Province of Santa Fe y Bovril, province of Entre Ríos

2007 – Sauce de Luna y Alcaraz, province of Entre Ríos

2008 – Sauce de Luna y Alcaraz, province of Entre Ríos

2009 – Lobería, province of Buenos Aires y Caseros, province of Entre Ríos

2010 – Lobería, province of Buenos Aires y Caseros, province of Entre Ríos

2011 – Coronel Dorrego, province of Buenos Aires

2012 – Coronel Dorrego, province of Buenos Aires

2013 – Coronel Pringles, province of Buenos Aires

2014 – Coronel Pringles, province of Buenos Aires

2015 – Magdalena, province of Buenos Aires

2016Magdalena, province of Buenos Aires

2017Ranchos, province of Buenos Aires

2018Ranchos, province of Buenos Aires

 

 

 Original: Spanish. 1 February 2018. Translation: Celina M. Garza, San Antonio, TX USA. Edited: Melissa Peña-Janknegt, Elgin, TX USA

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