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In the very poor quarter San Miguel: "Paint Together" - News 1

Dear sisters and friends, We would like to inform you that we are now reaching the end of the workshops, in one month we will hold the workshop closing ceremony, handing over to Mary, the fruits reaped throughout this year.


We would like to inform you that we are now reaching the end of the workshops, in one month we will hold the workshop closing ceremony, handing over to Mary, the fruits reaped throughout this year.

We are very pleased to announce the most significant events in recent months, after the last newsletter sent in June.

In July we received a note from the Green Bees association, thanking the educators of the Art Workshop for allowing the children to participate in the drawing contest under the theme "A Celebration for All", even though their drawings were not selected, it was lovely to receive the postcards of the winning drawings.

 

 

 

In August with the children from the Workshop, we celebrated the Children's Day Festival, with clowns, crazy balloon, games, dynamics and a good tea. We also received visits from some Spanish volunteers.

 

 

 

 

In September some teenagers-young people from the Workshop participated in the ODN 2016 Mission, held in San Ignacio, to mark 40 years of the Company of Mary in Paraguay. It was rewarding to meet with other young people who are part of this family.

 

 

 

 

The call for the parents' meeting in October was positive as 22 parents responded to the invitation. It is still less than half of the participants of the workshop; however, it was gratifying because they do not usually participate in these meetings.

They were presented with the mission of the Company of Mary, then the Art Workshop and the various activities carried out throughout the year with their children. It was a family dialogue, sharing how significant the art workshop is for them.

Those present mentioned that after their children participated in the workshop, they noticed changes in their attitudes, such as a desire to pray, to be more open, talkative, enthusiastic, creative, responsible, caring and with a sense of belonging...

They requested that the workshops last the whole week next year, and even the creation of a Company of Mary school, a nursery, for example. We then discussed how they could collaborate in the closing party, asking for another meeting for the organisation, especially for the toast.


 
We ended with these Words by Pope Francis that move us deeply and leads us to show solidarity to those most in need who are our children, adolescents and young people of Bañado.

"Faith without solidarity is a faith without Christ, a faith without God, a faith without brothers".

(Pope Francis while visiting BAÑADO NORTE)


We would like to thank you for your help, for your prayers so that this continues to be a reality. We would also like to invite you to the Closing ceremony to be held on Saturday 19th November at 5.00 pm at the Chapel of San Miguel, Bañado Norte.

"Company of Mary" Art Workshop Coordinating Team