Vatican launches #IamChurch campaign for persons with disabilities

VATICAN DICASTERY DISABILITY VATICAN The #IamChurch campaign for persons with disabilities begins from 6 December with a series of video testimonies of Christians living with disabilities. By Benedict Mayaki, SJ The Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life announced the launch on Monday of a campaign dedicated to persons living with disabilities. Tagged #IamChurch, the campaign, which begins on 6 December, will consist of five videos containing the testimonies of Christians living with disabilities from different parts of the world who recount their experience of faith and affirm, “I am Church!” “I am Church” through Baptism In his message to persons with disabilities on the occasion of the International Day dedicated to them, Pope Francis noted that Baptism gives each one of us, “without exclusion or discrimination, the possibility of exclaiming, ‘I am Church!'” Echoing the Pope’s words, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life launched the videos, which will be released weekly, with the aim of highlighting the contribution that persons with disabilities offer to the ecclesial community on a daily basis. The videos will illustrate the work of evangelization carried out by some young deaf persons in Mexico, of a monastery in France where several nuns with...

The DiBOSCo Coffee (and Chocolate) Project Gathering: MHCA 12/11/2021

RSVP TO ATTEND VIRTUALLY OR IN-PERSON: contact@donboscosalesianportal.org Mary Help of Christians Academy 659 Belmont Avenue North Haledon, NJ 07508 In brief, Di BOSCo began as a job-training project created by Mr. Phaisan, a Salesian Past Pupil in Thailand, as a way to give back for all he had received from the Salesians. When Mr. Peter Kovac, Slovakian Salesian Past Pupil and secretary of the SDB Past Pupil World Council, came to know of this project, he organized an alliance with Mr. Phaisan to grow Di BOSCo into a world-wide network of Past Pupil fair trade coffee and cocoa growers, processors, exporters, and café owners in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Now Di BOSCo is ready to come to Canada and the US with the help of our Salesian Family members and friends. Peter will explain how this network came to be and how we can make it a reality for North America at this gathering. For whom is the gathering? Salesian Past Pupils of the SDB and FMAAll Salesian Family members and friendsIndividuals, Communities, Centers, ChaptersFamiliesThose who are curiousThose who love great-tasting coffee and chocolate and want to try it and maybe buy itThose who wish to support...

“Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival”: The Party has Begun! – KNOW THE FACTS

18 November 2021 (ANS – Rome) – As for the New Year’s Eve, so too for the “Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival”, the party advances to the rhythm of the sun and covers the planet’s various time zones to join young people from all over the world in a single voice of hope. In Oceania and in countries where the 18 November was the first to begin, screenings and events are already underway to celebrate and reward the creativity and commitment of the youth to this global Salesian film initiative. Over 270 locations are registered in 50 different countries across all continents, where the “Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival” will be celebrated. These are schools, oratories, parishes and educational centers of various kinds, where giant screens or digital links have been set up to finally allow viewers to watch and admire the festival’s finalists. The size of the events are different – depending on the contexts in which the Salesians work and the different anti-contagion health security measures adopted by the national authorities. The common element will be the ingredients that will accompany the celebration, which are also typical of Salesian youth gatherings: cheerfulness, dances, songs, moments of fraternity...

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati’s Apostolate of Charity

SOURCE: https://catholicexchange.com/blessed-pier-giorgio-frassatis-apostolate-of-charity NOVEMBER 10, 2021 CHRISTINE M. WOHAR Every one of you knows that the foundation of our religion is Charity. — Pier Giorgio Frassati In the moving account of the death of Pier Giorgio Frassati writ­ten by his sister Luciana, his actions in his final hours showed the depth of his compassion for the poor and sick whom he took care of regularly. It was Friday, July 3, 1925. He would have normally gone that day to the weekly meeting of his Conference of St. Vincent de Paul. Instead, he was bedridden with a fatal diagnosis of polio and surrounded by his grieving family. Almost completely paralyzed at this point, he asked his sister to bring some items from his study and then wrote these barely legible instructions: These are the injec­tions for Converso. The pawn ticket belongs to Sappa; I had forgotten it, renew it on my account. Unnoticed Acts of Giving Requests like these would not have come as a surprise to his friend who received this note. After all, this was how Pier Giorgio spent so much of his life — doing one unnoticed act of charity after another. Providing medicine, schoolbooks, bus tickets, food, and...

WYD, a choreographic challenge to make young people protagonists

Diocesan World Youth Day on 21 November 2021  CHURCH WYD DIOCESES ART YOUNG PEOPLE The idea comes from the Ramón Pané Foundation: a competition for groups from any country in the world who wish to present a choreography inspired by the song “Jesus says to me: ‘Get up!'”, a song that will animate the diocesan World Youth Day on 21 November. Registration expires on Sunday 14 November and the winners will be awarded free participation at the Lisbon 2023 events. By Gabriella Ceraso A song is being developed to journey together towards World Youth Day in Lisbon 2023. The lyrics are ready and draw inspiration from the theme of WYD 2021: “Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen” (from Acts 26:16). The new song is entitled “Jesus says to me: Get up!” and it will become the soundtrack of the World Day that will be celebrated in the local churches and dioceses this November 21, the Feast of Christ the King, according to the plans established by Pope Francis. It is not an official hymn, but one more element to help spread among young people the Lord’s invitation to “Stand up (arise).” This marks...