Holy Week was spent in silence and reflection as we made our Annual Retreat. It was a privileged time of peace and tranquillity. We listened to various conferences and prayed in silence and in the community. The daily prayers were prepared with much attention and the Communion Rite celebrated by us, since there was no Holy Eucharist, helped us to fructify our day. The retreat concluded with a thanksgiving service and the renewal of the vows on Holy Saturday. It was indeed a unique retreat.
The month of May introduced us to some of our most beautiful Salesian feasts. Being in the midst of coronavirus lock down the community celebrated these feasts without the presence of our young people and our collaborators. The feast of St. Dominic Savio was celebrated with a specially prepared liturgy of the hours during which we prayed for all our young people.
The feast of Mother Mazzarello was prepared with a triduum, highlighting each day some of the characteristics of our Mother and Co-foundress. The evening prayer for the triduum was well prepared with the help of the various online programs.
The feast of Mary Help of Christians was another landmark in this Marian month. A feast is very dear to every daughter of Mary Help of Christians. During the Novena days, the community prayed the Rosary with much devotion and participated in the Novena Prayer and homily organized online by some of the Marian Shrines for this occasion. The feast day was a joyful day as we gathered together to pray for ourselves and for the entire Institute renewing our commitment to being the living bricks in the living monument of Don Bosco’s gratitude to Mary Help of Christians as joined in singing the Institute’s Anthem, “O qual sorte siamo figlie”…
Sr. Annamma Parackal