On Sunday 20th December there will be the classic Christmas meeting for the Community. This will be online from 8:00am (9:00 Italian time) and will be streamed in different languages both from the Italian website www.comunitacenacolo.it and from the Community’s youtube channel https://www.comunitacenacolo.it/live/
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The book “The EMBRACE of GOD’S MERCY: Mother Elvira and the Story of Community Cenacolo” has recently been translated into English and copies are now available if anyone would like to buy one for themselves, or as a gift for someone else.
Once the church is able to reopen after lockdown we hope to have copies available through the Holy Trinity & St George (Kendal) parish shop. They are also available “mail order” by emailing the Cenacolo email firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your name, the address to which it/they should be sent and the number of copies required.
We suggest a donation of £10 per book to help cover the cost of publishing, plus £2 P&P. Payment can be made by cheque, made out to Cenacolo Community UK, or by online payment to: Account name: Cenacolo Community UK Sort code: 16-20-18 Account number: 10052673 If making an online payment please let us know this in the email also so we can match the payment up with the order. Many thanks.
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The Priest leaders of the world-wide Cenacolo Community have called the members of the British House to join the House in Ireland for a period of reflection and renewal. The lads will travel to Knock on 11th September. This is a temporary measure and therefore, for the time being, the House in Kendal will not be accepting new entrants.
However, this should not deter those wishing to know more about the Community and possibly entering, from making enquiries. The Community is still open to welcome those who feel that they would benefit from a time of friendship, work and prayer in Cenacolo.
Initial contact could be via email: email@example.com or through a phone call: 01539 736222. The Listening Points, as listed on this website (under Supporters), are still operational and will welcome enquiries.
Our Lady Mother of Cenacolo and Queen of Martyrs – Pray for us.
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Finally, after the easing of many restrictions, we got the opportunity to hold a family meeting, at least for the UK lads.
Edward and Damian met their families:
Edward said: “It was a big surprise for me. I was in the chapel preparing for the reading I was going to read at Holy Mass and I was more nervous than usual as Damian’s Family was coming. Then Damian surprised me as my mum and my two sisters and my nephew arrived. It was wonderful to see everyone and to give my mum a big hug. It was good to show them around the place and to show my nephew Connor the animals. We had Holy Mass and then we walked the rosary together. It was a good experience for me to pray the rosary with my mum and sisters and turned out to be a beautiful day and great gift from the community”.
Damian said: “The first thing I would like is to thank the community for this gift of seeing my parents and my son especially with the difficult situation outside, I appreciate this thank you. It was a beautiful moment to see my son Evan and how much he is changed since the last time that I have seen him in May Last Open Day. He was very emotional but at the same time he gave me a great joy and happiness to spend time together. Also I was happy to see my parents looking healthy and in peace. We managed to catch up on a lot of family things and also to hear that everyone back home is supporting and encouraging me which I was not expecting. It gave me a huge lift and a boost to keep me going in my walk. We celebrated the Holy Mass together with Edward’s family and friends of the house. This made the day even more special as it felt like a big happy family. Thank you.”
Being back at Cenacolo during the Festival of Life was a true gift from God. As an ex of Cenacolo it always amazes me how the atmosphere once I step into the Cenacolo premises changes for me and I almost immediately feel relieved and uplifted. Despite the world being run down and preoccupied with the coronavirus situation, almost everyone in Cenacolo was full of big smiles and carrying on with life in a joyful manner. This year taking part in the translation process was highly significant as, due to the whole festival being online through streaming, Father Stefano gave us a speech to encourage and remind us of how important our service is and that we are the voice of the Community to thousands of people all over the world. What touched me was when he said that this year due to the festival being available via streaming, a drug addict may be lying on their bed in despair and in that moment have the words of the festival playing (through us translators) which may in turn make a mark on them.
All the boys and girls were placed together in the smaller tent in Saluzzo and despite smaller numbers and less crowd, the joy of the festival was alive and pumping. The gift of the community once again manifested when all the different houses across the world were able to send their greetings through video connections and seeing so many familiar faces in different parts of the world doing God’s mission is a miracle itself. Indeed, that was a theme which was repeated more than once ‘we are miracles’ and we truly are. The overall theme of the festival of life this year was ‘I tell you, Rise’. No matter how many times we fall, we must rise and never stay down. This is what Mother Elvira shows us every day through her actions and how she affronts her illness. This was another blessing – to be able to see all the videos of Mother Elvira during the festival and hear how she herself is amazed and perplexed at how the community became so big, by the grace of God.
The musical this year was slightly different and was not shown all at once in the evening, as it usually is, but in small clips throughout the four days. This itself showed how the community adapts to improvisations and still makes the best of it. The video clips were very professional yet moving and came from our boys and girls house in Medjugorje. The testimonies of the girls who played the roles highlighted again how in them they have seen God pass and heal them from their various wounds – drugs, food, guilt, depression, fear, insecurities. The days were concluded with the holy mass and various talks bringing back the community spirit and binding us in faith. Of course, no one could forget the incredible dances from our nuns and from our dancers who never failed to bring us joy and energy. I really thank God for this gift and opportunity to have gone back to Cenacolo and it certainly filled up my spiritual batteries and helped me also get back up and rise in my day to day life back at home.
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The logo of the Festival of Life 2020 is circular and features the Words of Jesus: “I say to you, get up!” (Luke 7:14) which is the theme of this year’s Festival.
In Christian art, the circle symbolises eternal life, the goal of our Christian journey, the infinite horizon that widens and illuminates our gaze.
The letter T of the word VITA (LIFE) highlights the cross. The Cross is a reality that belongs in everyone’s life, and it is through the Cross and through suffering that many of us, like Nain’s widow, have encountered in Jesus, Life and Resurrection!
The theme of the Resurrection is taken up again through the drawing of two stylised hands that meet: the hand of Jesus and that of the dead young man. I am the Light and the darkness, the Life and the death.
The young man’s arm is dark, dark, as if it came from the underworld, and his hand is “dead”, lifeless. The hand of Jesus is instead luminous, it descends from above and offers itself to us to tear us away from death and give us back Life.
The message of the logo is to portray this: in a time of uncertainty and death, we need security and Life … we need Jesus!
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