ADMA GUIDELINES AND COMMITMENTS FOR 2017-2018 CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE RECTOR MAJOR AT THE SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS (Turin-Colle Don Bosco 6 – 9 August 2015) “I am convinced that this Congress represents for our Salesian Family a moment of grace to proclaim the “Gospel of the family” by showing its beauty, and its role and dignity. In particular, when we look at Don Bosco and his paternity, lived in the family spirit of the first oratory, we will experience a clearer and firmer sense of identity”. (Fr Angel Fernández Artime, Rector Major) .1 “From the house of Mary to our homes”: we want to create in our groups and in our families a network of authentic relationships, co-responsibility and communion inspired by the family spirit of Don Bosco. Reason, religion and loving kindness can be understood as dialogue, loving one another and presence of God. In communion with Pope Francis we also want to be disciples-apostles, reaffirming the primacy of prayer and the spiritual life for a fruitful and authentic apostolic commitment. In simplicity we want to bring families and young people the testimony of a joyful life entrusted to Jesus and Mary, the joy of being Christian families and the experience of the beauty of marriage, even in our daily struggles. The reference to the “house of Mary” recalls the charismatic ties with the sanctuary of the Association of Mary Help of Christians in Turin-Valdocco (see Regulations Art. 9). We would like to strengthen our bonds of communion and animation of devotion to Mary Help of Christians, valuing popular religiosity as a privileged place... read more


SEPTEMBER 2017 ONCE LINKED TO THE FOLLOWING WEBPAGE, CLICK + TO OPEN AND YOU WILL FIND THE ARTICLES IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES READY FOR DOWNLOADING. Source: ADMA On Line 2017 – ADMA don Bosco Maria ci invita a non desistere dalla preghiera Introduzione alla Vita devota di san Francesco di Sales 1.    Che cos’è la Filotea o Introduzione alla vita devota? María anos invita a no cejar en nuestra oración Introducción a la Vida devota de san Francisco de Sales ¿Qué es la Filotea o Introducción a la vida devota? Mary invites us not to cease praying Introduction to the Devoted Life of Saint Francis of Sales 1. What is Philothea or Introduction to the Devout Life? Monatliche Nachricht: Maria ermutigt uns, im Gebet nicht nachzulassen Maria convida-nos a não desistir da oração Introdução à Vida devota de São Francisco de Sales 1.    O que é a Filotéia ou Introdução à vida devota? Komunikat miesięczny Maryja zachęca nas do nie ustawania w modlitwie Wprowadzenie do Życia pobożnego świętego Franciszka Salezego 1.    Czym jest Filotea lub Wprowadzenie do życia... read more

Mexico – A new, violent earthquake shakes Mexico: Salesians begin to organize relief

(ANS – Mexico City) – The earthquake bearing a magnitude of 7.1° on the Richter scale that struck Mexico on Tuesday, September 19, has caused hundreds of victims: 217, according to the Civil Protection Service as of this morning, but the number may increase due to the high probability that there are people trapped under collapsed buildings. Mexico’s National Civil Protection Coordinator, Luis Felipe Puente, said the victims numbered 86 in Mexico City, 71 in Morelos, 43 in Puebla, 12 in the State of Mexico, 4 in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca. Unfortunately, following the collapse of the “Enrique Rebsamen” school, there are at least 25 children among the earthquake’s victims. The search for survivors is currently underway. Shortly after the earthquake, the Provincials of the two Provinces of Mexico, Fr Hugo Orozco Sánchez, of Mexico-Guadalajara (MEM), and Fr Gabino Hernández Paleta, of Mexico-Mexico, sent a statement regarding the status of Salesians and the Salesian centers throughout Mexico, affirming there was no harm to people and that damage to property would be quantified at a later date. Fr Ignacio Ocampo Uribe, Vicar of MEM, has issued a statement saying: “Since the earthquake, we have had communications with all of our communities, and thank God, all our brothers, collaborators and recipients of our good works are fine. We know that some of our centers have been affected. The Provincial (who is in Turin, Italy) asked me to invite you for prayer, for calm and due analysis to verify the damage of the centers and to not expose anyone to danger.” In light of such an event, an appeal to prayer was made.... read more


DETAILED ITINERARY FOR SF PILGRIMAGE TO IRELAND AND WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES, AUGUST 18-27, 2018 Approximate pricing, exclusive of airfare (dependent upon exchange rate at the moment): Adults: approximately $1100.00 (2/room) Children 6-12 years of age: approx. $600.* Children 5 and under: approx. $350.* *Children must share a room with 2 adults to receive this reduction 8 nights at good 3/4 star hotels, all rooms with private bath/shower Continental/Irish breakfast at accommodation each day, days 2-9 inclusive Most days have either lunch or dinner also included VISITS Knock Shrine & Museum                        Croagh Patrick Kylemore Abbey                                      Clonmacnoise Donations for Mass x 3 days, on days 2 – 4 inclusive Modern motor coach with driver x 8 full days on days 2 – 9 inclusive (09h00-17h30) English speaking guide x 3 full days on days 2 – 4 inclusive (9h00 – 17h30) WMOF Registration for ALL events on all 5 days Lunch tickets for the three days of the Congress Modern motor coach with driver x 1 airport transfer on day 10 Service charges and taxes at existing rates Day 1: Saturday 18th Depart NYC Area Airport for Shannon, Ireland N.B. – Airfare is not yet included because the airlines only provide prices 11 months before the flight is to depart.  After October 2, we will have confirmation of flight cost, round trip, which is hovering around $900.00 for the month of August 2018 at present.  Day 2: Sunday 19th August 2018 – Welcome to Ireland  Arrive into Shannon Airport. Meet with your driver & guide and depart for County Mayo. En-route visit Knock Shrine & Museum The story of Knock shrine... read more

MUR Blog – Weekly blog on JPII’s Love and Responsibility

THIS IS A GREAT RESOURCE FOR DEEPENING OUR UNDERSTANDING OF LOVE, MARRIAGE, AND THE JOYS AND RESPONSIBILITIES INHERENT TO THEM… THIS IS ALREADY WEEK 11 – LINK TO THE ACTUAL PAGE TO SEE THE PRIOR ENTRIES.  ST. JOHN PAUL II, PRAY FOR US AND OUR FAMILIES! Integrating Love: Love and Responsibility Series (Post #11) Posted Sep. 18, 2017 by DOM In this section of Love and Responsibility, the future pope (St. John Paul II) identifies a challenge that is before a man and a woman who seek love: The Problem of Integrating Love. So far, Wojtyla’s psychological analysis of love has been of sensual or sentimental reactions of a man for a woman and vice versa. In this section, he notes that all these reactions are “strictly individual”[1]—every person and every relationship is different. Love is always “unique and unreproducible,”[2] because it is personal. It has an inner dimension and an outer dimension; it is a drama of “great and absorbing importance”[3] in the lives of the two persons involved. Love between a man and a woman can make other experiences pale in comparison and may reveal parts of the self that the person didn’t even know were there. Love has great psychological power. Psychology itself, though, confirms that feelings are not enough to sustain love. Two characteristics of a person’s inner life that must enter into the relationship are truth and freedom. These help to “integrate” the couple’s love—to make it the kind of love that thrives in marriage. Wojtyla comes back, then, to the choice of the will based on knowledge of the other. “The value of the person is closely bound up with freedom, and... read more

The Fragrance of Family Life

Use this prayer booklet with your family or church community to seek the Lord in communion. Share prayer time with your children, parents, grandparents, and all those whom the Lord has placed in your life. Also available in Spanish.  Click on the link below to order in either language: Source: The Fragrance of Family... read more

Ghana – Shata, the street child the Salesians taught to laugh

(ANS – Sunyani) – Shata is a street child who was abandoned at birth by his parents when they realized he was disabled. Shata does not speak English, but understands the local language and can make himself understood. He has a head deformity and leg problems, but he runs and jumps like any child. He was found and taken from the streets of Sunyani by Father “Uba”, as the Salesian Ubaldino Andrade is called by hundreds of young people. This year Fr Andrade started a new phase in the life of the Don Bosco Boys Home, the Salesian work of which he is Director, a home for the street children of Sunyani. “Every child,” says Fr Andrade, “is like a book in which the cover is already attractive, and every chapter engages me more and more as I get to learn more about their lives and they tell me about their joys and sorrows, their plans, their hopes and their dreams.” Since they have known each other, Shata is much loved for his generosity. “More than once I’ve seen him share what he has with his mates, and when he returns from school, he changes his clothes and cleans everything he finds without anyone asking him to,” the Salesian says. “Shata,” adds the religious, “has a treasure: it is a small broken mirror, no bigger than the palm of his hand and he cares for it as if it were the most precious thing in the world. To myself, I had proposed to make him laugh and I have succeeded, not without great effort.” A few weeks ago, Fr Andrade... read more
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