GERMANY, Wolfgang Fella. The various forms of giving and receiving gifts were the focal point of the two Advent weekends for families on the Marienhoehe, Wurzburg. It's a subject not just for the time of Advent before Christmas and the marathon of exchanging presents that follows.
PERÚ, Queca Espinoza. It is the announced night, Christmas Eve, the Holy Night, waiting for of the birth of the Savior. Participation in the Holy Mass in the Shrine of La Molina took place first before sharing the arrival of the Little Child Jesus with family and friends.
URUGUAY, Soledad Gattas. The year 2013 is closing with the joy of having shared a year of projects and accomplishments! The Schoenstatt Family from Uruguay has been preparing for 2014, strengthening their unity with several Branch gatherings and that of the entire family.
URUGUAY, Gonzalo Rodríguez. For a quite some time, the Montevideo Schoenstatt Family has longed for building a Shrine, a new Shrine for Uruguay, which will be the country’s second one (after the first daughter Shrine at a world-wide level, in Nueva Helvecia). There is still no place to build it, but they already have the altar that was conquered and imported from the city of Santa Maria, Brazil, with the local contribution of many faithful; it is the last one made by the Brothers of Mary in this country.
org. After the recitation of the Angelus prayer, today, as the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family, Pope Francis turned his attention to the next Synod of Bishops which will focus on the theme of the family: He asked the faithful to pray with him for the work of the Bishops and for families throughout the world, and join in the prayer he edited and recited then with thousands at St. Peter`s Square and many more in the large celebrations at Loreto, Nazareth, Barelona and Madrid joining in.
PERU, Queca Espinoza. Last Sunday, December 15th, a celebration was held commemorating the ten years since the blessing of the Shrine at Lima-Peru.
BRAZIL, Antonio Carlos and Sueli Vilarinho. The Family League from Jaraguá (San Pablo - Brazil) ended their activities for the year this last Sunday, December 1st.
BRAZIL, Fr. Argemiro Ferracioli and Marisa and Rubem Bolzan. With more than 200 people participating, on November 24th, the Blue Chapel of the Mother and Queen of the Villa Noble de la Caridade (noble village of charity) in Cerrito, Santa María was reopened. It was completely restored with donations from the community devoted to the Servant of God, Joao Luiz Pozzobon.
ARGENTINA, Guillermo Romero. On November 29, 1998, the Wayside Shrine of the Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt was blessed in Nogoyá, Entre Ríos. Fifteen years have passed since Blessed Mother chose this place and established her Throne of Graces to attract pilgrims and to distribute her graces; also to form a Family, which has grown with time and has desired to celebrate the special anniversary of this place which is felt as a true home.
PARAGUAY rd/mda. On December 8th, the bishop of Caacupé, Claudio Giménez - a member of the Institute of the Schoenstatt Fathers - denounced the corruption in existence in Paraguay; he did this in the presence of government dignitaries, among them the president and vice-president, Horacio Cartes and Juan Alfara, respectively.