It is a good time to write a brief update about our Cenacolo House and the Cenacolo Community.
Mother Elvira has an unshakeable love and complete trust in God, God’s Providence and God’s timing. The date, the first Sunday of Advent is the weekend over the years that family and friends have gathered at the house at Dodding Green to celebrate the Open Day. Many of you will remember either watching or taking part in one way or another the first Nativity Play that Frederico and Nicola coordinated with support from John Selby. The baby Jesus at this first Dodding Green Nativity being played by my youngest Ben. He’s now 12! Caroline played Mary and Rynar from Austria was Joseph. Rynar and his wife Delphine celebrated the birth of their first child in July.
In September the lads that were at Dodding Green joined the lads at the Community House in Knock, Ireland. Lock down restrictions allowing they will be having a quiet Nativity and Open Day next weekend – 6th and 7th December. We remember them in our prayers and wish them well.
Don Stefano and Don Andrea along with others in Saluzzo are ministering to the needs of the lads and girls in the houses throughout the world. The initial 2 to 3 months temporary closure has come and gone. It is against this backdrop that we remain united in prayer with Saluzzo and ‘wait’. A good attitude to practice in Advent. This is again one of the charisms that Mother Elvira lived so well. Not to ask, only to trust and to pray and to remain in silence and wait for God’s plan to be revealed.
Whilst we wait for the plans and reopening of our house in Kendal in partnership with Saluzzo and the Holy Spirit we have a family that will temporarily move into the house to ‘care take’ the property from 1.12.20 for 6 months whilst Don Stefano and Don Andrea discern how best and who should restart the Community at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. In line with National and local guidance Fr Hugh will continue to celebrate Mass, usually the first Wednesday of the Month in the Chapel or barn.
Please can I take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your prayers and wish you a Happy Advent and Christmas.
Mary Mother of Cenacolo Pray for Us