Pforzheim – On Palm Sunday the two Guanellian confreres made their official Epiphany with the celebration of the solemn entrance of Jesus in the historical Jerusalem. More than 500 believers of the Italian Community participated at St. Bernhard Church at Pforzheim-Arlinger for this first solemnity of Guanellians on German soil. It was clear proof that Frs. Wieslaw and Rocky have been well accepted by their parishoners. The religious service was accompanied by beautiful Italian songs and music by our organist, Enzo Camella. The organization was supported by long time secretary of the MCI, Mrs. Tina Marsella, and the affectionated sacrestan Mr. Antonio Trovato. I was allowed to capture the emotional moments with my camera, and the pictures speak for themselves.
On Easter Sunday the Holy Mass was celebrated in the Italian parish church Barfüßer Kirche. During the ceremony little child Daniele D’Eugenio was baptized. His father, the famous tenor actor of German television, sang a joyful Halleluia! As the mother of the neophite is from Naro, the church was mostly occupied by Naresi emigrants.
During the past week Holy Providence was generous with our Procura, because our friends and benefactors of Kindermission at Aachen made a significant financial donation in support of our irrigation project at Beteké, Kinsaha Congo.
Unfortunately our Vatluru kitchen project was rejected due to repeated discrepancies found in the documents. For the mini-bus of Sivagangai we can report that the corresponding project was submitted to the awarding commission. After the return to the office of the responsible director, Mrs. Lioba Stenner, we will seek a final response.
We are also in touch with Frs. Felicks and Jerin as well as our Provincial Tresaurer, Fr. Joseph Rinaldo, to receive a completed file for the new project in Ho-Chi-Minh,Vietnam. This project will be submitted to our fellow Catholic agency, “World Religious Buildings Support Organization,” in the Archdiocese of Cologne, who supported the construction of the Kumbakonam Church.
May is the floral month dedicated to our Lady of the Rosary. For the first time our Guanellian parish, MCI of Pforzheim, will guide a pilgrimage to Lourdes. This is a new milestone in our fresh presence in Germany. Members of the MCI and the Procura will also activate many meetings with the diaspora for our large territory.
Finally a nice picture of Our Lady of Divine Providence is now decorating the religious chapel and our Procura’s office. May the Lord through the intercession of our Patroness and our Saintly Founder, sanctify our work and efforts in order to intensify the search of other generous benefactors.
Maria stella maris ora pro nobis!
Gero Lombardo, German Guanellian Procura