Communication in times of difficulty
Dear friends, we are happy to be able to greet you once again with this newsletter. We hope you will enjoy this page, which is a thread that unites us with one another, in anticipation of our virtual meeting in July.
We wish you a good reading
International Leading Team
Clarita & Edgardo BERNAL
International Responsible Couple
Father Ricardo Londoño
LIVING OUR FAITH WITH THE WHOLE CHURCH
Message of Pope Francis
APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO IRAQ
Plain of Ur
Saturday , 6 march 2021
Below we present several initiatives and testimonies coordinated and supervised from the Super Regions and corresponding regions that want to share their experiences with the members of the movement. Any additional information about these initiatives and testimonies can be requested from the SR and RR leaders who are working on them, as they are local and concrete activities and projects that are not under the coordination of the ERI.
Juan Guillermo & Mabel Ramírez Acosta
Ingrid et Padraig Lewis
SR Transatlantic - R Ireland
From Ireland with Love: An International Marriage Masterclass
Teams of Our Lady have existed in Ireland for more than half a century. However, despite its long existence and the enthusiasm of its members, Teams in Ireland may be reaching a ‘tipping point’ in relation to their continued existence on the island since many of its members are ageing. Faced with this concerning reality, in September 2019, the Regional Couple Jim and Elaine Keogh established an Expansion Committee, operating at a national level, which is responsible for promoting the movement.
One of the key expansion projects that we organised as members of this committee was the Marriage Masterclass with Teams of Our Lady, which is now in its third edition. The first two editions held in August and December 2020 were incredibly successful, reaching people from over 20, respectively 30 countries around the globe. Given that Our Lady is the patron of Teams, it was our desire for the Marriage Masterclass to be connected with a major feast dedicated to Her. Therefore, the first Masterclass took place during the Feast of the Assumption in August, while its second edition ended on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on the 8
of December. We entrusted the Masterclass to our heavenly Mother, praying that it would touch the hearts of many, bringing renewal of faith, hope and love into parishes, families and homes around the globe.
The objective of this Masterclass, which has become now a yearly event, goes much beyond the regional expansion in Ireland: it aims to promote the spirituality of Teams, sharing the beauty and richness that this movement brings to the lives of many people throughout the world. It aims to build bridges and to bring together people of faith across continents, while sharing a pool of experiences about how Teams enriched the lives of many and strengthen their vocations to married life and priesthood. A truly unique initiative sent from Ireland with love to the whole world, during such difficult times of global pandemic.
The first edition of this international Masterclass, held on Facebook in August 2020, consisted of 30+ video-testimonies from couples, priests and bishops from 8 countries, while its second edition, gathered over 40 videos from members of Teams in 10 countries. Among these testimonies, there was also a collective video made by the members of Youth Teams of Our Lady in South Africa.
The videos received from couples consisted of testimonies of married life and ‘words of wisdom’ about a variety of topics such as: the beauty of belonging to Teams, Father Caffarel’s spirituality, the six endeavours, enhancing faith with Teams, experiences of married life – in good times and in bad times, recipes of success for happy marriages, infertility and adoption, and raising children in faith. In addition, various priests gave testimony about the graces and strength received while sharing their vocational journey with married couples. The videos of three Bishops were also displayed during the Masterclass. Bishop Steve Lowe, Diocese of Hamilton, New Zealand, discussed how Teams of Our Lady has transformed the local Church. Using a mnemonic, Bishop Denis Nulty, Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, Ireland, explained that for him, the initials TEAMS mean: Teams + Endeavours + Attributes of the spouses + Monthly Meeting + Sacraments. Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Diocese of Westminster, UK, shared with great affection about his parents who were members of Teams for over 50 years of their married life.
With their amazing diversity, these videos represented a snapshot of what Teams of Our Lady has to offer, especially considering that this movement is present in over 90 countries throughout the world. Furthermore, these video-testimonies highlighted what an enormous gift it represents not only for families, but also for young people trying to live their faith, for priests, bishops and for the whole Catholic Church.
Both Masterclasses held in 2020 were extremely well received by a large audience spanning six continents. One of the many messages received from our participants said: “Thank you for your 'Yes' to the Holy Spirit. Great initiative.” Indeed, this is how the event felt to us: as a fantastic journey with God, inspired by the Holy Spirit whose presence and guidance was incredibly powerful throughout the organisation process and during the event.
Building on the success of its previous two editions, Teams of Our Lady Ireland recently announced the call for videos for the third Marriage Masterclass to be held from the 1
to the 8
of December 2021. As usual, the event will take place on the private Facebook group called: Marriage Masterclass with Teams of Our Lady, which is currently hosting the Teams EXPERIENCE project.
Overall, since we started this amazing journey of the ‘Marriage Masterclasses’, we were extremely touched by the fantastic support of people in Ireland and all over the world, Team members that we knew well and others we didn’t know at all. This Masterclass is for us a great opportunity to get to know people in Teams throughout the world. We feel privileged to get in touch with so many couples, to get a glimpse of the wider movement and, most importantly, to be in the service of God and of Teams of Our Lady.
God bless you all!
Klaus & Savina Von Massenbach
Juan Luis Ferrari & Mª José Cortés Antonio Fernández & Paqui Moya
VIRTUAL MEETING ERI- SUPER REGIONS AND RR
18 - 24 JULY 2021
Our annual meeting of the International College will soon begin. To begin synchronising our hearts with this vital annual meeting, we present the theme and logo that will accompany us (which you can see here on the side).
The theme of our meeting will be
"Christian marriage, leaven in the world"
The logo that has been designed has tried to create a synthesis of the important elements of this theme.
The wedding rings represent the couple united in marriage, and between them, as heart and guardian, the source of their love and sacrament: the Cross of Jesus, which emanates light from the depths of the blue sky, which is also Mary's colour.
From that heart and those rings, the testimony as Christian couples expands in concentric circles, like the yeast that expands the bread dough, and embraces the world.
Our logo reminds us of our belonging to a community of couples and to the Church with which we walk.
In a little over a month's time we will send you a document for spiritual preparation, as in last year's meeting, but as of now let us join in prayer for the success and fruits of this meeting.