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Jan 28, 2023 Last Updated 4:17 PM, Nov 21, 2022

CARLEPONT PARISH COMMUNITY BICENTENARY OF THE VENERABLE FATHER GREGORIO FIORAVANTI

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The context: thanks to the foresight of Father Jacques Gosselin, parish priest of Carlepontl, the Franciscan missionary nuns of the Sacred Heart have come to work in this parish. Now some areas near to the house where the sisters live have become the "parish house", the center of all pastoral activities in the pastoral sector.

For 33 years now the sisters have been working with alacrity and great availability in this part of the Church which is located in the diocese of Bauvais. Sixteen sisters have been able to pass into this community in this period of time and from the very beginning the pastoral reality has changed considerably.

In March of this year the sisters announced that the bicentenary of the birth of their Founder was approaching; due to the health restrictions linked to the pandemic, they would not have been able to go to the celebration in the provincial house and join the other sisters of the province.

This allowed each community to organize itself in celebrating this important moment of congregational life. This is how the parish community of Carlepont took the opportunity to join the nuns and solemnly celebrate the event with them; on the other hand, this is an excellent opportunity to bring together the faithful who still have difficulty getting together after the pandemic. It could only be like this: a wonderful opportunity to express the joy of meeting again after two years of forced interruption!

This event was therefore a reason for the resumption of parish community life!

The concept:

Certainly celebrating the festive Holy Mass in an atmosphere of praise, thanksgiving and prayer. A nice power point allows everyone to remember the salient moments of the presence of the sisters in the parish community, a simple but significant brochure and ... a good aperitif at the end of the Holy Mass certainly cannot be missed.

Organization:

1) The focal point of everything is the Eucharistic celebration which the liturgical group has cared for with particular attention and great love.

At the beginning of the Holy Mass, a parishioner reads a brief but rich presentation of the anniversary; at the end of the reading a big applause from the faithful to the sisters present Sr. Marialuigia Borsato and Sr. Clara Nasato, (Sister Michèle Liatsou is detained in the provincial house due to COVID). The parish community thus testified to the great esteem it has and has always had towards the sisters for their precious presence in the sector!

At this point, Father Guy-Marie, the celebrant, introduces the Holy Mass and recalls the story of the venerable Father Gregorio. In this way all the faithful were able to join in the prayer with a more active participation.

The sisters, as is customary, carefully organized the liturgy of the Word and chose the readers!

The universal prayer, composed by a parishioner, is read by the mayor emeritus, professor of history, while the celebrant reiterates the prayer for Father Gregorio.

At the end of the Eucharistic celebration, the whole assembly recites the prayer to Father Gregory.

2) At the parish level it was decided to draw up an exhibition of the Congregation to be exhibited in the church. The parishioner who made it concrete expresses himself "It was moving and beautiful to search the archives for the photos of the nuns to compose the illustrative panels of the life of the religious community in these years of presence in Carlepont".

3) We have created information leaflets to distribute to the faithful.

4) We have created an exhibition with representative photos of the history of the sisters since their arrival in this parish. This is not easy given that there are not many photos taken until 2005 when there was still no ease of mobile phones.

5) A Golden Book (of memories) has been made available and will pass from village to village so that everyone can express themselves.

Aperitif :

A good aperitif could certainly not be missing, a unique opportunity for conviviality and knowledge of the life of the Franciscan missionary sisters of the Sacred Heart. The slides, the illustrative panels, the sharing allowed everyone to enhance the activity of the sisters. Four hours were not enough: at 1.30pm there are still those who want to continue the beautiful sharing and enjoy being together.

Unfortunately not everyone was able to participate as we are still in vacation time, presidential elections, family

Conclusion:

This celebration falls at a propitious moment for our parish life which, as everywhere, was still suffering the consequences of the pandemic. Activities were very limited and community meetings were completely absent for the duration of the pandemic (two years). The celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Father Gregorio has given us courage to resume community initiatives and meetings. We hope that this day is the beginning of our "Resurrection".

The display of information panels allowed everyone to learn about the spirituality, history, heroic beginnings and vitality of the congregation of the Franciscan missionary sisters of the Sacred Heart!

We also had the opportunity to show the power point at the meeting of the pastoral animators of the large sector of the parish of Noyon. It is a beautiful testimony of the precious presence of the sisters and we will have other opportunities to use it!

We realized that the organization of this celebration, even before being a journey of preparation, was a spiritual journey. Father Gregory has always accompanied us!

In conclusion we are truly blessed to have a community of sisters; thanks to them and to the Congregation for the dedication and love with which they work.

With their joy, great trust, love and dedication, all the sisters have contributed to transforming our parish community of Carlepont.

THANK YOU AND MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU!


 

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