dimanche 25 septembre 2011
NORTH AMERICAN ANNUAL MEETING -- OCTOBER 1
The La Salette Lay Associate Community is fast approaching the date of its annual gathering/retreat. Every year the community comes together at the site of the National shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Many of you will remember that Massachusetts is difficult to see on the map of the United States. It is there and it does play a major role in the life of North American La Salette Missionaries and Lay Associates. It is also the headquarters of the wonderful monthly online magazine/newsletter of the La Salette community around the world, http://www.lasalette.org/ Visit it. You'll like it. Get on the mailing list and follow your favorite missionary, missionary sister and missionary lay associate. You can bet that since the Lay Associates' gathering is to be held on the first day of the month, there will be a little piece, at least a little piece, in http://www.lasalette.org/
Some years ago the ripple of the spirituality of the La Salette North American Lay Associates reached the shores of the Pacific Ocean. This influence has been felt more and more as the years go by and now there are brothers and sisters who know Our Lady of La Salette who are inquiring about the possibility of dedicating themselves to the spirituality in a more formal way, as Lay Associates. Next week two alumnae of the La Salette mission schools in the Philippines who have been living and working in the USA will be attending the gathering in Massachusetts,coming all the way from San Francisco, California.
For those of you not familiar with the USA, this represents a trip about 5,000 KM.
Compare Lisbon, Portugal to Vienna, Austria -- a distance of 3,000 KM
Thank God for airplanes.
This gathering has a powerful meaning to all the La Salette Lay Associates of North America. It is a fairly mature group and the members are close to one another, humanly and spiritually. Many of them have known one another for many years. Many of them have relatives in the Missionary vowed community as well.
It is therefore the purpose of this communication to invite you all to pray for this growing and vibrant branch of the La Salette Mission in the world. Here is a picture of the venue of the gathering
Les laics des Etats-Unis se reuniront le 1 octobre at Attleboro, Massachusetts. Cette communaute de laics qui fonctionne deja pour plusieurs annees, est tres vibrante et pleine d'energie. Nous vous demandons de prier pour nous.