[Province of Curitiba – Brazil] In preparing to celebrate the 300th anniversary (2017) of the encounter of the image of Our Lady of Aparecida with the Brazilian people, namely the joyful celebration of the apparition of the image found by three fishermen in the waters of the Paraíba River, the Church in Brazil has organized visits of the pilgrim image in all dioceses.
Each diocese is responsible for organizing the pilgrimage in their parishes and they should do the same in institutions and communities that are part of their immediate surroundings.
On August 9, 2015 the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Aparecida was at the Miraculous Medal Provincial House – Province of Curitiba. On September 10 and 11, it was in the parish of Our Lady of Mercy in the same city.
Everything was prepared with love and joy. After Mass and refreshments at the parish, Our Lady of Mercy, students and teachers of Our Lady of Mercy Vincentian School decorated a large corridor connecting the church to the school. White and blue balloons hailed the passage of the pilgrim image preceded by children dressed as angels. At noon, the school opened its doors to the community for the solemn recitation of the Rosary. The campus ministry team of the school organized moments of prayer for all students and employees.
In the afternoon, with all students in the school yard, the pilgrim image was taken to Our Lady of Grace Hospital. It was a very moving moment for students, teachers and sisters to meet with the patients and health professionals who warmly received the pilgrim image of our Holy Mother.
The educational community of Our Lady of Mercy Vincentian School is sure that Mary walks with us and, through her presence, we showed the way of her Son Jesus to our students.
Sister Neriuza Franco, D.C.