PARAGUAY, by Johana and Horacio Chávez Tottil •
It was a chilly morning in Tupãrenda, but it was sunny. From the beginning of Holy Mass in Most Holy Trinity Church, the warmth of the youths’ was evident with the Girls’ Youth flags during the procession and they were present during the liturgy, because this Holy Mass was a “conquest” of the Girls’ Youth from the Dioceses of San Lorenzo and Caácupé.
The women who followed Jesus
Fr. Pedro Kühlcke, the Girls’ Youth adviser, celebrated this Mass and in the homily, he stressed that it was not a coincidence, but rather, something providential that the Girls’ Mass was celebrated when the Gospel of the day referred to several women. He mentioned the women who followed Jesus: Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Susanna, and he cited a prayer from “Heavenward” (p. 163)
Let us reflect your image
And walk through life entirely like you:
Strong and noble, simple and kind,
Spreading love and peace and joy.
In us go through our times
And make them ready for Christ.
He invited the participants to meditate on these attitudes that are proper to Mary, and that they try to implement these in daily life.
Finally, gratitude was expressed to the Girls’ Youth Choir from Itá for their first time participating at a Holy Mass in Tupãrenda, to Fr. Kühlcke for being a messenger to the Branch, and to Sr. M. Rocío, national adviser of the Girls’ Youth, for her participation.
A procession, a blessing, and joy
After the Eucharist, there was a procession to the Shrine. Fr. Kühlcke imparted the final blessing and wished the faithful a blessed week.
Some of the members of the Girls’ Youth had been at a leaders’ workshop in the Joseph Engling Hall; after the sending forth and in the midst of their joy, they took a group photo.