This year our weekend started on Friday again with a meeting of prayer in the Monastery of Our Lady of Hyning with our families, and with Fr Massimo Rigoni and Brother Konrad from Saluzzo.
On Saturday we welcomed our loved ones and also some close friends of our Community for the Family Day: Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Mass for the feast of the English Martyrs. We met for lunch in a joyful atmosphere especially thanks to the magic tricks of Fr Massimo. We spent the afternoon with some free time and after the Divine Mercy chaplet we listened to some testimonies relating to this feast day. Our get-together ended with a very Italian meal of pizza.
Finally arrived Sunday with the actual Open Day. We welcomed our guests with the essential refreshments and then we gathered in the barn to recite the Holy Rosary: as a small gift we had made a video of the walking rosary with our thanksgiving intentions for this new life. After a deep and moving Eucharistic Adoration we had a moment of songs and dance and then we ate lunch: lasagne and chilli con carne.
In the afternoon the Divine Mercy chaplet, some very touching testimonies from Damian, Martin, Patryk and one of our friends Clare.
A tea break finished the day in which we said goodbye to our brothers Mateusz , transferred to Poland, and Louis who was leaving the Community after ending his walk.
We want to say thank you to all the people who participated in the Open Day, thanks for your affection…. to all the friends and benefactors, the priests close to our Community, the nuns of Hyning Convent and all those who helped to make the Open Day happen.
Thank you to the Community because they again confirmed their commitment to us by sending Fr Massimo and Bro Konrad to be with us. A special prayer for all the Martyrs past and present on this their feast day, for all those who lost their lives to defend their faith in the risen Jesus, and for all those persecuted for their faith; Our Lady Queen of Martyrs intercede for them and for each one of us.