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Saturday, September 19, 2015

How many days in a week?

How many days in a week?
Sunday we began the Pastoral Year in our Parish with a joyful Eucharistic celebration. The various Church Movements of the Parish (about twenty) were present with their uniforms and their colors, and the joy of being with the Lord and with many brothers and sisters. The offertory was a show of gestures, dances and gifts. Is it really true that "God loves a cheerful giver"!
On Monday I have been called to visit an old lady, Marguerite, asking me to baptize her. I go to her place. She is alone, lying on a mat inside a small shanty. I ask why she wants the baptism. And she, with great simplicity, common sense and faith, replies: "Nzapa to bata mbi bee?" (Which means: " Isn’t God with me and accompanying me?") .
This week is a very busy one! Our schools teachers continue their training with Ludmila and Vojtech from Prague. Meanwhile we prepare the Parish feast, which this year will be on Sunday 20. In the meantime we must prepare schedules and tools for all classes. Something more: this year we are also renewing some classrooms in order the make them more welcoming and the kids can stay in a better comfortable way.  Well then: start painting, coloring and drawing.
Just this week came the results of Maturity tests. The performance generally is low. In Bozoum, in the state high school, only 11 students out of 59 have made it (18%). Saint Augustin’s High School students instead did a good job and got a very positive result:  17 of 24 (71%) are passed while the other 7 failed in some subjects and they have to go back with the chance to get their Maturity degree. None of the students failed completely. It is a great result. They are boys and girls with whom we began in 2007 and 2008, with much courage and desire to offer something that could make the difference. Now have come at the gateway of life and we hope that they can bear fruit being able to help their families, themselves and the Country in building up a better future.
I end up announcing the latest issue of the newspaper of Bozoum, "The Saint Michel". You can find it here:

I primi alunni del St.Augustin, nel 2008: ieri in prima media, oggi "maturi"
les premiers élèves du St.Augustin en 2008. Ils étaient en 6è, aujourd'ui ils ont leur BAC

la festa per l'esame di Seconda Superiore
la fete pour le BEPC

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