Community in Brasil
On Saturday, August 1, 2020, in Timbiras/ Brazil, our Sisters celebrated 40 years of presence and missionary commitment in the northeast of their large country. In the spacious Parish church about 100 persons could assemble - according to the regulations in the corona epidemic that is currently unleashed there. Together they thanked God for the precious history of 40 years of giving witness of faith and love. The bishop of Coroatá, Dom Sebastiao Bandeira Coelho, who presided at the Eucharistic celebration, the parish priest José Wasensteiner SAC and some more Pallottine priests and other clergy were present to celebrate this event of joy together. In his homily Bishop Sebastiao said: "The Gospel of the multiplication of the bread, especially at this time when we are all suffering the consequences of the Corona pandemic, shows us something about the meaning of religious life, whereto it serves: “God needs people, apostles who are ready to give a response of love to the multiple sufferings of mankind – He needs people who are more preoccupied with the needs of others than with their own”.
At the beginning of this year, after more than 28 years of my work in the parish of São Raimundo in Codó, I was transferred to the neighboring town of Timbiras, where on February 16th of this year the Mass was held, during which I was officially introduced to the new parish by the diocesan Bishop Dom Sebastião. I live here alone in a parish house and make my first steps in the new parish. The parish gave me a very warm welcome.
Timbiras is the Pallottine cradle of Maranhão. Here, exactly forty years ago, the Pallottine Sisters Mathilde, Rita and Christina began their missionary Pallottine work in the spirit of St. Vincent Pallotti, proclaiming and living the apostolate of all the baptized, building up countless groups and lay movements. To this day the parish is inspired by this spirit and the Pallottine Sisters continue to work tirelessly to awaken, promote and deepen the apostolic spirit of co-responsibility of all the baptized in the Church and in the world.