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Mary invites us to pray for her intentions

We are seeing an increase of violence and dehumanization in the world to such an extent that Pope Francis did not hesitate to say that the third world war is already underway. In these difficult times for the Church and for humanity, we look to Mary Help of Christians who, since the beginning of history, has fought against Satan to cooperate in the establishment of the Kingdom of God, a Kingdom of peace and justice. Through prayer and conversion of heart we must make sure that our hearts are open to God's will and that He can work through each of us.
Mary's mission is to help ensure that goodness triumphs. Entrusting ourselves to her and following her example as a believing woman and mother in the faith, we learn to love her Son and all our brothers and sisters, spreading love and mercy in a world where hatred and revenge seem to prevail. For this reason it is important to intensify our prayer, in groups and in families, for the conversion of hearts, and for peace and reconciliation among peoples. In particular, every 24th of the month, we spend time in Eucharistic adoration and pray the Holy Rosary for this intention that Our Lady has entrusted to us with a mother's heart.
On 16 August we started the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco, a time of grace that should awaken in our hearts the educative and apostolic passion of our holy founder. Above all, we ask Don Bosco to obtain for us the grace to live our vocation faithfully, without ambiguity and mediocrity, as signs and bearers of God's love for young people and for all. In addition we want to live at the school of Mary, with the Help of Christians as our mother and teacher, with great docility to the Holy Spirit. We thank God for the signs of His love pray that we may be open to His will, trusting in Providence and freeing ourselves from worldly attitudes and self-sufficiency.
As members of the Association of Mary Help of Christians we want to live this Jubilee year in light of the Seventeenth International Congress of Mary Help of Christians which will take place at Colle Don Bosco near Turin from 6 to 9 August 2015. Fr Pascual Chavez, Rector Major Emeritus, defined this event as an important spiritual event of the jubilee year. We renew our commitment to the defence and promotion of the family in harmony with the Church and the Salesian Family. "Hic domus mea, inde glory mea" - "From the house of Mary to our homes" This will be the theme of the programme of preparation for the Congress, inviting all local groups to an intense spiritual experience, a constant community prayer and the promotion of meaningful experiences for the benefit of the family. In this way we will be helped every month by a series of cards, prepared by Fr Roberto Carelli, a Salesian and professor of theology at the Pontifical Salesian University at the Crocetta in Turin.
Trusting in the presence and assistance of Mary Help of Christians and St. Joseph, we salute you

Sig. Lucca Tullio, President - Don Pierluigi Cameroni SDB, Spiritual Animator

FORMATION PROGRAMME 2013-14: Da mihi anima, cetera tolle - Roberto CARELLI sdb

Seventh International Congress of Mary Help of Christians

Torino-Valdocco / Colle Don Bosco - 6-9 August 2015

"Hic domus mea, inde glory mea"
From the house of Mary to our homes
his mercy is from generation to generation

Fr Roberto Carelli

Many would like us to forget it, but having fathers and mothers is very important: they tell us that our life was desired, welcomed, loved and considered precious. Having a father and mother means belonging, having an origin and a destination, enjoying a life that may be difficult but is full of meaning, having an authority and an unconditional love that is capable of sustaining us in life's greatest trials. Those who have experienced it since childhood know very well the truth of this. Those who for some reason or other have been painfully deprived of this experience also know that it is true.
For us Christians, whatever our personal history, it is a source of great joy and comfort to know that God is our Father and the Church is our Mother. This is is a wonderful gift - no one is excluded and no one is compelled to accept it. God is love. He does not want to impose himself on us or to be forced on us, and in return for his love he wants only to be loved by us.
We then of the Salesian Family have the joy of having another father in heaven, and what a father, and what a great saint Don Bosco is! This is no small thing. Not all families have the privilege of having a saint with such a great heart as their spiritual father. And we also have a Mother in heaven, and what a Mother, the Help of Christians, Mother of God and Mother of the Church! In the eyes of God, she is the most beautiful of creatures and the highest collaborator in his works. To her we owe the holiness of Don Bosco, because God entrusted him to her. She guided him in life, she is at the origin of all his work.
Our formation programme for this year is geared completely towards the Marian Congress which will be held in Turin at the end of the year, the Bicentenary Year of the Birth of Don Bosco. We are resolved to honour Don Bosco by paying special attention to Mary who was his Mother and Teacher. She started him off and led him along on the road of faith through all his trials. He honoured her as the Immaculate Help of Christians, the most beautiful reflection of God's love and the holiest member of the Church, undoubtedly the happiest of all creatures with the infinite happiness of God, and the most fruitful with his superabundant fruitfulness.
The occasion of the bicentenary should first of all arouse in us a great gratitude. What an honour it is to have Don Bosco as father and Mary as our mother and help! And secondly, it should lead us to prayer and mission. We pray: Don Bosco, dear father, obtain for us the gift of knowing that you are our father, teacher and friend. Help us us to love Mary Immaculate Help of Christians, as you yourself loved her, as Mother and Teacher. Teach us to have full and filial confidence in her, who guides us on our journey and supports us in our trials.
The theme of the year is very clear from the title. It has three defining aspects: the temple of Mary, our homes, and the coming together of the generations . The worship of God, love of family and commitment to education converge in a single objective: to increase our love and strengthen the bonds that unite us in the Church, in the Salesian Family and the human family. Neither is it a small thing that the Synod on the family is taking place this year and that we are celebrating the year dedicated to consecrated life. It allows us to honour Don Bosco in unity with the whole Church.
Our task will be especially to follow up the desire expressed by Fr Viganò, the seventh successor of Don Bosco. Referring to the inscription on the Basilica Hic domus mea, mea inde gloria mea, he called for a theology of the temple that would help us to understand the richness of Grace and the many graces that come from the temple, and go out from there to the people of God all over the world for the the salvation of countless legions of poor and abandoned youth.
Our formation programme includes a series of ten catechetical lessons, each of which explores an aspect of the multi-faceted mystery of Mary's House, in relation to our homes, our families, our children and their education. From time to time it will offer three practical proposals to help us to imitate Mary in her Fiat (faith), in her Stabat (the cross) and in her Magnificat (joy). These are inspired by the tenets of the Preventive System: reason will call us to the dialogue that is so necessary in our families; religion is an invitation to live and work constantly in the presence of God in the small and big things in life; loving kindness will make us work on practical ways of loving in accordance with the heart of God.

1 The house of Mary and the dialogue of love
We start our journey of formation with a general consideration that brings us right to the heart of things and guides our personal life as well as the life of our families and communities. When we look closer, we see that there is a deep similarity between the heart of God, the body of Mary and the walls of the temple. All three are "home", the place where we live and work, the place from which we set out and to which we return. Here is the mystery of God, Trinitarian love and Creator of the world, who welcomes us to life and sets us apart from himself to bring us into communion with himself. It is the mystery of every mother, who brings us into the world in her womb. It is the mystery of the Temple in which we experience the presence of God so that we can radiate his glory. And in a supreme way it is the mystery of Mary who at the Incarnation became really the house of God, the Ark of the Covenant, the first tabernacle in history. In her the Son of God found a home in the world to become the Redeemer of the world.
Here then is the real meaning of home as the fundamental law of love, which is always a communion of persons who are distinct. True love always demands respect and affection, the right level of closeness and distance, a balance between the instinct for attachment and the need for detachment, the ability to have and to renounce, the desire to create bonds between people and at the same time being careful to respect their freedom. In this sense, what threatens love is not only the absence of love, but also the excess of love when, even with the best intentions, the bonds of love can stifle freedom instead of opening it to new relationships. When the breath of freedom is missing, love no longer means belonging but possessing, and when there is no affection, freedom loses the guiding force of love and remains disoriented and meaningless. On the contrary, maturing in love means being able to stay at home and also knowing how to go out from it. It means overcoming the temptation to close in on oneself and having the courage to open up, avoiding the double risk of regressing into our many fears or accumulating experiences without prudent discernment.
We contemplate the experience of Jesus, who is the revelation of Love incarnate. By the sacrifice of his own life and in his detachment from his disciples Jesus showed a greater love and a life that overcomes death. We look to Mary, who extends her motherhood to all of us, from her Fiat at the Annunciation to her Stabat at the Cross. In the joyous birth at Bethlehem, the Word was made flesh in her when he became her Son. On Golgotha the Word was crucified. She experienced the agony of losing her Son and she was given to us as our mother. Finally we look to Don Bosco: he was greatly loved by his mother, Mamma Margaret, and yet she sent him to work away from home at a very young age. He had no father, was misunderstood by his brother Antonio, and deprived of affection and support by the death of Don Calosso. He summarized his understanding of love in the well known dictum: "Love is not enough. The young must know they are loved." Education is not only a matter of instruction and protection. It also means being recognised and encouraged, having a home and a family, belonging to a community, receiving life, learning to live and to set forth into life.
This then in summary is the rule of the home: having a home means receiving life and learning to live, looking forward to building a new home and generating new life. Here we see at least three pointers for the dialogue of love with God, family and community.

1 God is neither an unattainable goal nor a comfortable refuge. In Jesus, God gave his life for us poor creatures and he wants us to give our lives for others, especially the poorest. Two things are clear to the believer: the primacy of grace and the exercise of freedom. This means that you cannot believe in the God of life and give up living: to have faith means putting your trust in God and then courageously deciding for yourself. Here the Gospel is clear: "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father." It is not enough to know the truth: 'He who does the truth comes to the light.' And then it goes on: 'For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.' Then we ask ourselves: "how is my prayer, my dialogue with God? Am I able to put my trust in Him humbly and to live my life courageously for the sake of others? Do I know how to be recollected in heart and at the same time to make use of my talents, to abandon myself to God and commit myself in service of others?"

2 In the relationship between the generations, the essential thing today is to trust young people and to demand responsibility from them. We must not be negative in their regard or over-protective. We have to give convincing witness of adults who love life, and are able to generate new relationships of friendship, new ways of working and new forms of solidarity. We cannot ignore young people or treat them as unimportant. There can be no true dialogue without giving recognition to young people and helping them to grow in their sense of identity.

3 Finally, in community relations, the law of the Temple where we receive the love of God to be radiated to others, demands that we do not separate communion and mission. Christian identity cannot be separated from dedication to the world. Pope Francis says this authoritatively and passionately in his beautiful apostolic letter on the joy of the Gospel. The Church, at all levels, spiritual and organizational, must never lose its missionary identity and goal. We can listen to it in the Pope's own beautiful words: The Church's closeness to Jesus is part of a common journey; "communion and mission are profoundly interconnected… The renewal of structures demanded by pastoral conversion can only be understood in this light: as part of an effort to make them more mission-oriented… the principal aim of these participatory processes should not be ecclesiastical organization but rather the missionary aspiration of reaching everyone."(Gaudium Evangelii 23:27:31).


(Turin - Colle Don Bosco 6-9 August 2015)

First guidelines
1 The Seventh International Congress of Mary Help of Christians will take place at Colle Don Bosco in Turin from 6 to 9 August 2015.
2 We are drawing up the official programme and logistical arrangements which will be made official in October 2014.
3 ADMA will manage the organization of the Congress (programme - lunch and dinner on the days of the Congress: from dinner on Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 August with the exception of dinner on Saturday evening).
4 Each group will make its own arrangements for accommodation and travel.
5 Enrolment will begin in January / February 2015.
6 We invite you to accompany the work of preparation for the Congress in your prayer.


"Set out on the journey with the joy of the gospel" This was the theme of the formation during the Retreat for ADMA couples and families, held in two sessions from 3 to 15 August 2014. More than 60 families participated in the charming alpine environment of Pracharbon (Valle d'Aosta). The retreat led by Fr Pierluigi Cameroni developed some of the themes of Pope Francis' exhortation Evangelii Gaudium: 1 The joy of the gospel. 2. Gospel discernment 3 Mary, Mother of evangelization 4 Community conversion 5 An outgoing Church (cf audio www.admadonbosco.org).
In our day Mary has renewed the sense of belonging and commitment of many families and ADMA has launched all participants on the journey in preparation for the Seventh International Congress of Mary Help of Christians. Fr Roberto Carelli, Mr Tullio Lucca, president of ADMA, and some couples coordinated the event which saw the participation of over 350 people. It was an experience of the beauty of faith and the joy of growing together under the motherly gaze of the Help of Christians.
The two weeks were also a time of great grace for young ADMA. Several young people, under the guidance of Sergio and Cecilia Durighello, David and Clare Ricauda, Walter and Marianne Gambarotto, and sister Marilena, FMA, were engaged in the animation of adolescents and younger children. Together they drew up a formation programme focused on the story of Don Bosco, culminating in the final evening with a programme of song and dance for the entertainment of the parents,

Our Association was well represented at the celebration at Colle Don Bosco on 16 August for the official opening of the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco. As well as Mr Tullio Lucca and Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, there were several families from ADMA Primary. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, emphasized that the year we are going to celebrate will be a real jubilee for the whole Salesian Family and all those people who are inspired by the witness of the Saint from Castelnuovo. Only in this way will we find the necessary renewal capable of inspiring activities that will be really fruitful in hope and peace. The highlight was of course the Mass which saw the Basilica at Colle Don Bosco filled with young people and the general faithful.

A retreat for families of Lombardy and Triveneto took place for the first time from 20 to 24 August in Albaré (Verona) at the Da mihi animas cetera tolle Centre of the Shalom community, founded by Sister Rosalina Ravasio. All the participants had the sense that they were following God's plan and responding with generosity and loyalty. This experience of grace was favoured by the beauty of the place, and by the and service of the young people of the Shalom community. The theme "Setting out with the joy of the gospel" was accepted in a spirit of fraternity and internalized through fervent prayer with times of listening, meditation, Eucharistic adoration, sharing in groups and in couples. Fifteen families shared this experience of grace and renewal with Fr Pierluigi Cameroni and Mr Tullio Lucca.

Fr Pierluigi Cameroni met the ADMA group in Bangkok on Sunday 20 June 2014. The group was started a few years ago and has about 50 members. It has been well guided by Fr Peter Nopphadol, Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry. At the meeting, the life and activity of ADMA were presented in powerpoint , which also emphasized the desire to start ADMA in the various Salesian works in the country. They are also planning to participate in the Congress of Mary Help of Christians in Turin.

The Ninth ADMA National Congress in Ecuador ADMA was held from 25 to 27 July in Cuenca, at the St. Dominic of Guzman Retreat House, with delegations from the following local centres: Quito, Machala, Cuenca, Manta, Guayaquil, Salinas, Chavezpamba, Sevilla de Oro, Cariamanga, Julio Andrade. The theme of the conference was that of Salesian spirituality in line with the Rector Major's strenna. It was introduced and developed by two talented speakers: Fr Raúl Conza who spoke about Marian Spirituality in Latin America, and Fr Luis Ricchiardi on the topic Marian Titles in the life of Don Bosco. In the evening there was a procession with the recital of the Rosary, followed by a typical entertainment with dance and other artistic and cultural items. The following day began with a procession through the streets of the city of Cuenca to the Chapel of Mary Help of Christians where the participants shared in the Eucharist presided over by Archbishop Luis Cabrera of Cuenca. During the Congress the new National Council for the years 2014-2018 was elected. It consists of Cecilia Melgar from the Dominic Savio Centre of Guayaquil, President; Jeaneth Barahona, from Quito, Vice-president; Rosita Mora from Machala (ADMA National Reporter, Jeaneth Barahona).

"We have various initiatives to spread devotion to Mary Help of Christians. We visit isolated places to help the people most in need. We share moments of prayer, celebration and meditation, in the spirit of Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth." (Javier Meza).

The Councillor for the Salesian Missions, Fr Guillermo Basañes, met the ADMA group which consists of ten members. After a moment of adoration he spoke about the importance of knowing, studying and loving Mary. The members meet every 24th of the month for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and prayer to Our Lady.

Rasa Lospalos (East Timor) Here there is a thriving ADMA group

We are asked to pray with a sense of gratitude for Fr Guy Ollivry, aged 88, who died on 30.07.2014 in Libreville (Gabon). For several years he assisted with the French translation of the ADMA newsletter.

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