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Sunday, 02 April 2017 15:35

National Meeting of Catechesis and Evangelisation in Patagonia, Argentina

From the 24th to the 26th of March, the Church in Argentain carried out the National Meeting for Evangelisation and Catechesis, being held for the 4th time in the patagonic city of Bariloche.


The feast of the Annunciation and the joy of Sunday of Lent (Laetare) gave a very special tone to this event, which was attended by many bishops, priests, religious and lay people from all the dioceses of the region and other parts of the country.
The Liturgical Apostolate, at the invitation of the National Council for Catechesis, participated with a booth and a liturgical workshop, the preparation of a booklet and the animation of the Eucharistic celebration, carried out by the Disciples of the Divine Master, Sr. M. Paz Carbonari and Sr. M. Cecilia Fraile. This workshop, held in two phases, responded to requests, and was attended by many catechists and ordained ministers.
The stand, attractive for its simplicity and beauty products, was continuously visited, presented liturgical vestments and various religious artifacts. The stoles made with household materials and indigenous motifs were particularly admired.
It was an opportunity to meet the catechists, ordained ministers and consecrated persons who have shared with us their realities living in ecclesial communities and some ideas on catechesis or prayer, even asking advice.
The dioceses of the Patagonia region are characterized by large spaces and distances between one locality and the other, through the strength of the people accustomed to the harsh climate and lack of means for their artistic sensitivity and creativity in the use of resources, for their reception, and the ability for silence and contemplation, inspired by the beauty of the mountain landscapes.
Among the shepherds and the people, there was an atmosphere of being a great family that works closely in spreading the Gospel. It was nice to see the bishops of the region attend the meeting alongside their faithful, at times giving conferences and other times sitting next to the others as participants.
The National Meeting of Catechesis and Evangelization coincided with the anniversary of the eternal passover of Mother Scholastica and urged us to sing the Magnificat to have had the grace to go, like her, cheerful and available wherever God sends us to share life in abundance, the richness of the Word of God and the testimony of faith with our brothers and sisters in the South.


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