In Solidarity with the Poor in Madagascar

Each year, the brothers of Saint John of God in Madagascar celebrate Christmas in solidarity with those in need in the neighbourhood whom they also assist throughout the year.  This Christmas Brother Alain-Samuel,  Provincial and brother Flavien, from the  community in Dinan, France were present with all Brothers  of the St. John of God of Marohoho community, Madagascer.

 This year the « Friends of St. John of God » a movement formed during the year in Madagascar .helped with the organisation of the day.  This movement is made up of men and women, young and old who assist the Brothers in their work with the poor and needy people in the area who live in conditions of extreme poverty.

 Everyone, Brothers and colleagues and volunteers took responsibility for an aspect of the celebration, liturgy, food preparation, entertainment, etc.  Their aim being to make the day as joyful as possible for all who came.

On the day we welcomed 127 poor people, women, men and children. The ' Friends of Saint John of God ', were also there to welcome everyone and they all wore  a t-shirt  commemorating the year of the family of Saint John of God.  As well as the Brothers from the Madagascar community some of the Brothers visiting from France also joined us.  Fr. Bernard Walid, Assumptionist, celebrated the Eucharist with us.

As the community house was too small to accommodate everyone, the Sisters of Christ, who live close by, loaned their school building for the occasion.

The Brothers and friends prepared the meal while waiting for the Eucharistic celebration which began around 11: 00  am.  The Mass  was lively and well organized thanks to the participation of the many young people in attendance.


After the Eucharistic celebration, Brother Samuel Alain Jeancler  wished everyone a wonderful Christmas.   He particularly focused on the way in which Jesus was welcomed into this world and how Mary and Joseph had to search for accommodation on the night he was born. Brother Alain-Samuel noted that the question of  hospitality arose on that first Christmas Night and said that  "it is one of the first values that we must live today in our world,  welcome and receive the Lord in our hearts and recognize iHim  in the person of the poor and bear in mind that it was the  poor who were the first to visit and worship Jesus in the manger."

Dinner was serviced by the Brothers and helpers and after dinner entertainment of different kinds was provided by some of the younger Brothers and helpers.

 The day was enjoyed by everybody, especially the sense of sharing together and being in solidarity with each other.  Before leaving  each person there was given a basket of goodies to take away with them.

 

Each year, the brothers of Saint John of God in Madagascar celebrate Christmas in solidarity with those in need in the neighbourhood whom they assist during the Brother Alain-Samuel,  Provincial and brother Flavien, from the  community in Dinan, were present with all Brothers an of the St. John of God of Marohoho community.  

 

This year the « Friends of St. John of God » a movement formed during the year in Madagascar .helped with the organisation of the day.  This movement is made up of men and women, young and old who assist the Brothers in their work with the poor and needy people in the area who live in conditions of extreme poverty.

 

Everyone, Brothers and colleagues and volunteers took responsibility for an aspect of the celebration, liturgy, food preparation, entertainment, etc.  Their aim being to make the day as joyful as possible for all who came.


On the day we w
elcomed 127 poor people, women, men and children. The ' Friends of Saint John of God ', were also there to welcome everyone and they all wore  a t-shirt  commemorating the year of the family of Saint John of God.  As well as the Brothers from the Madagascar community some of the Brothers visiting from France also joined us.  Fr. Bernard Walid, Assumptionist, celebrated the Eucharist with us.

As the community house was too small to accommodate everyone, the Sisters of Christ, who live close by, loaned their school building for the occasion.

The Brothers and friends prepared the meal while waiting for the Eucharistic celebration which began around 11: 00  am.  The Mass  was lively and well organized thanks to the participation of the many young people in attendance.


After the Eucharistic celebration, Brother Samuel Alain Jeancler  wished everyone a wonderful Christmas.   He particularly focused on the way in which Jesus was welcomed into this world and how Mary and Joseph had to search for accommodation on the night he was born. Brother Alain-Samuel noted that the question of  hospitality arose on that first Christmas Night and said that  "it is one of the first values that we must live today in our world,  welcome and receive the Lord in our hearts and recognize iHim  in the person of the poor and bear in mind that it was the  poor who were the first to visit and worship Jesus in the manger."

Dinner was serviced by the Brothers and helpers and after dinner entertainment of different kinds was provided by some of the younger Brothers and helpers.

 

The day was enjoyed by everybody, especially the sense of sharing together and being in solidarity with each other.  Before leaving  each person there was given a basket of goodies to take away with them.

 

 

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