An initiative of the association devoted to “the man of the eight beatitudes”
At these decisive moments for the future of Europe, the Pier Giorgio Frassati Association, which has its headquarters in Rome, is promoting a worldwide rosary to be prayed for Europe on April 6th: for peace, “for the faith of its people and for the rediscovery of the Christian values that are at its core.”
This event is being planned as a gift for the young blessed on the occasion of the anniversary of his birth.
The invitation, set forth in an official letter, is directed to all the friends of Blessed Pier Giorgio, who died in 1925 at the age of 24, and who was recognized by John Paul II as “a man of the eight Beatitudes.”
Numerous associations, schools, youth groups, and organizations named after Pier Giorgio Frassati, as well as confraternities and Marian shrines from around the world, have already replied confirming their participation.
The Rosary for Europe, according to the organizers, is also being prayed for the intention that “young people feel responsible for rebuilding Europe with these values, encouraged by the example of Pier Giorgio. After the Second World War, he committed himself with conviction and enthusiasm to a European student movement for peace called ‘Pax Romana,’” explain the organizers of this initiative. “He understood that for peace a commitment outside the borders of one’s own country was necessary, feeling the fate of other people and other nations as his own.”
“Pier Giorgio’s birthday this year falls close to the elections for the European Parliament,” they add. “Let us not lose ourselves to a sense of exhaustion or mistrust in this wonderful project that is the European Community, in the face of which it is urgent to recover the Christian hopes and prospects that animated its founding fathers.”
Pope Francis, in his address to Rethinking Europe 2017, invites us “to have the courage to work to fully pursue the dream of the founding fathers of a united and concordant Europe.”
“Such a communion of purpose cannot exist without having a spiritual nature, just as Pier Giorgio understood it,” according to the Association, referring to the letters that the blessed wrote to the students of Bonn in January 1923: “We feel within ourselves the entire strength of our Christian love which unites us beyond all national boundaries…You and we as Catholics must bring the breath of goodness that can only spring from faith in Christ.”
“What better gift could we give Pier Giorgio than responding to Francis’s invitation by praying together?” explain the promoters of the initiative. “We will say the Rosary together for all of these intentions, and supported by Pier Giorgio we will pray to Our Lady, whom he loved so much, whose crown of 12 stars shines on the flag of the European Community, to restore her a soul.”
The Association has created a handout in various languages for the reciting of the Rosary, which can be downloaded from the website www.tipiloschi.com .
The names of participating associations, groups, etc. will be listed on the website http://www.tipiloschi.com.
Among the signers of the convocation are Wanda Gawrońska, president of the Pier Giorgio Frassati Association; Father Michele Falabretti, who is in charge of the national service for youth ministry of the Italian Episcopal Conference; and Marco Sermarini, who is in charge of the Tipi Loschi Society of Grottamare.
This Society takes its name from a society that Pier Giorgio had founded with his friends who were passionate mountain climbers, ready to help each other in their spiritual life, living their faith with joy. While their motto was “Few, but good, like macaroni!” they were united by “a pact which knows no earthly boundaries nor temporal limits: union in prayer” (from a letter by Pier Giorgio Frassati to I. Bonini, January 15, 1925).
Worried about the future? Find peace in this short prayer
It’s relatively easy to be worried about the future. We simply don’t know what is going to happen today, tomorrow, or next year. This state of uncertainty can cripple us at times, keeping us from doing anything out of fear of the unknown. St. Josemaria Escriva consoled someone in a similar frame of mind, who…
It’s relatively easy to be worried about the future. We simply don’t know what is going to happen today, tomorrow, or next year. This state of uncertainty can cripple us at times, keeping us from doing anything out of fear of the unknown.
St. Josemaria Escriva consoled someone in a similar frame of mind, who said to him (as quoted in The Way of the Cross), “Father, I am having a very rough time.”
In response, the saint composed a short but peaceful prayer of abandonment, entrusting to God everything past, present and future.
My Lord and my God: into your hands I abandon the past and the present and the future, what is small and what is great, what amounts to a little and what amounts to a lot, things temporal and things eternal.
Asking his friend to pray this prayer, St. Josemaria wrote, “Then, don’t worry any more.”
The only way we can move forward in calm is to entrust our “rough times” to God and then let the worry go. He is in control, and will be with us every step of the way.
Pope Francis reminisces about 6th grade
Perhaps it wouldn’t be wrong to say that our Jesuit pope also has Salesian roots. Pope Francis hinted at this on Sunday, May 24, the feast of Mary Help of Christians, which is an important Salesian feast. “Today, on the day of Mary Help of Christians, I address an affectionate and cordial greeting to the…
Perhaps it wouldn’t be wrong to say that our Jesuit pope also has Salesian roots. Pope Francis hinted at this on Sunday, May 24, the feast of Mary Help of Christians, which is an important Salesian feast.
“Today, on the day of Mary Help of Christians, I address an affectionate and cordial greeting to the Salesians,” he said, following the midday Regina Coeli prayer at the Vatican’s Apostolic Library. “I recall with gratitude the spiritual formation I received from the sons and daughters of Don Bosco.”
The Pope did not mention it directly, but he was referring to 1949 when he and his younger brother, Oscar, were enrolled as boarders at Colegio Wilfrid Barón de los Santos Ángeles run by the Salesians at Ramos Mejía.
Pope in Salesian school
The Virgin Mary, under the title Mary Help of Christians, is the principal patroness of the Salesians of Don Bosco, the religious congregation that Don Bosco founded in 1859 in the northern Italian city of Turin, to serve the young people.
The city’s Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, which was commissioned by Don Bosco himself, remains the heart of the Salesians of Don Bosco.
The Argentine Pope’s remarks on Sunday is not the first time that he has spoken about the influence of the Salesians of Don Bosco in his childhood.
Turin, June 22, 2015
Pope Francis visited Turin, June 21-22, 2015, during which he joined the Salesians in celebrating the 200th birth centenary of Don Bosco, who was born on August 16, 1815, and died on January 31, 1888.
During his visit, the Pope met the Salesians, including the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, known as the Salesian sisters, which Don Bosco co-founded with Saint Mary Mazzarello.
While commending Don Bosco’s ministry for young people, the Pope recounted fond childhood memories of his family’s closeness to the Salesians and how, when his mother was ill, he was taken out of public school to spend one year studying with the Salesians.
The Holy Father spoke of how he grew very attached to the Salesian community in the year he spent with them and that one priest, in particular, followed him from Baptism to the realization of his vocation, accompanying him ultimately on his journey to the Jesuit Order.
Salesian priests Fathers Enrico Pozzoli and Cayetano Bruno are particularly remembered by the Pope.
“Evangelii gaudium with St John Bosco”
Again, in January 2019, Pope Francis wrote a preface to the book, “Evangelii gaudium con don Bosco” (Evangelii gaudium with St John Bosco), a collection of reflections by 25 members of the Salesian family.
Commending the spirit of joy of Don Bosco, despite the thousands of “difficulties that besieged him every day”, the Pope recalled his association with the Salesians as a boy in Argentina.
While studying in a Salesian school, he wrote in the preface, he found that same “climate of joy and family.” The Salesians, he said, trained him to appreciate beauty, work, and cheerfulness – and this, he told the Salesians, “is your vocation.”
Houston church closes again after priests test positive for COVID-19
Catholic churches in Texas had begun offering Mass for the public again in early May. But at one parish, public Masses were abruptly suspended again after three priests tested positive for COVID-19. “Today we learned that three members of the Redemptorists community living and working at Holy Ghost Parish have tested positive for COVID-19, Fr.…
Catholic churches in Texas had begun offering Mass for the public again in early May. But at one parish, public Masses were abruptly suspended again after three priests tested positive for COVID-19.
“Today we learned that three members of the Redemptorists community living and working at Holy Ghost Parish have tested positive for COVID-19, Fr. William Bueche, C.Ss.R., pastor of Holy Ghost, said in a statement May 16. “While the individuals themselves are asymptomatic, they, and the other members of the community, are in quarantine in the residence isolated from the others. All members of the household have been tested and are awaiting results.”
Fr. Bueche said that one of the individuals who tested positive had been active in celebrating public Masses at Holy Ghost since the church reopened on May 2. He urged anyone who has attended Masses in person at Holy Ghost since the reopening to “monitor your health for any symptoms and be tested for COVID-19, as a precautionary measure.”
The priest said he informed the City of Houston Health Department about the situation.
In a statement issued Monday, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston noted that, Fr. Donnell Kirchner, a 79-year-old priest at Holy Ghost died. “The specific cause of death is unknown, but he had been recently treated at an urgent care clinic who referred him to a hospital emergency room,” the statement read. “He was diagnosed with pneumonia but he was not admitted to the hospital and ws sent home with medication. It is not clear if he was tested for covid-19 at either faciity. He returned to the residence he shared with seven other members of his religious order.”
The statement said that following Fr. Kirchner’s death, the other Redemptorists “sought medical advice, and all were tested for the coronavirus. Although the parish had followed cleaning, sanitation and social distancing guidelines described by State health officials since reopening on May 2, they determined at that time it was best to close the church immediately to public Masses until the results of their tests were known.”
The archdiocese also noted that in-person attendance at Holy Ghost had been “closely controlled” and that attendance at Mass on Sunday never exceeded 179, far short of the 900-person capacity. Weekday Mass attendance as a “small fraction of that amount.”
An earlier statement on the parish website said that Masses would be canceled as of May 14 because the Redemptorist community was self-quarantining while awaiting results of the COVID-19 tests. Suspension of Masses included the funeral for Fr. Kirchner originally scheduled on Saturday, May 16.