EUROPE /CZECH REP. - Spiritual retreat and new impetus for the animators of Missionary Childhood

Monday, 6 May 2019 missionary animation   pontifical mission societies   extraordinary missionary month  

Mountain Hatching (Agenzia Fides) - About forty leaders of the Little Mission Club of Bohemia and Moravia gathered in Mountain Hatching in the Krkonoše Mountains for a meeting promoted by the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS), deacon Leoš Halbrštát, and by the Director of the PMS of the Diocese of Hradec Králové, Mrs Bronislava Halbrštátová.
According to information sent to Agenzia Fides by the National Direction of the PMS, the meeting took place from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 April, Palm Sunday. The Sunday Mass was celebrated by Fr. Petr Fiala who highlighted the importance of the testimony of life and the riches of God's mercy.
During the meeting, the PMS National Director presented the Pontifical Mission Societies, illustrating the details of the individual Societies, the founders and the objectives. Furthermore Leoš Halbrštát explained the difference between missionary and humanitarian organizations, focusing in particular on the meaning of the Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019.
The program continued with the presentation of the Pontifical Missionary Childhood Societies prepared by Bronislava Halbrštátová. Practical indications were provided on how to involve children in individual parishes in prayer and missionary activities. The participants also learned where to find information and suggestions for working with children: on the PMS website and facebook.
As part of the work, the film "Philippines Rugby" was shown about children living in the streets of Manila, presented by Martin J. Rýznar who works with his wife Kateřina for the magazine Missio, the PMS magazine.
After a moment of spiritual formation on forgiveness, led by Fr. Petr Stejskal, the leaders divided into small groups exchanged their work experiences in their own parishes. In the program of the meeting a space was dedicated to the film Open Soul of Mexico, by Jan Štindl, which presents the result of last year's missionary journey to Mexico, where the PMS team was able to see the work of a Czech missionary among the tribe May.
From this year's meeting all the participants were able to draw great encouragement, spiritual renewal and practical indications in order to work with renewed enthusiasm with the little missionaries. (VP/SL) (Agenzia Fides, 6/5/2019)