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Day of the sick (Lady of Lourdes)

Daysick1Even this year on the day of Our Lady of Lourdes, during which it is celebrated “The day of the sick”, all the parish churches organized the Mass where especially sick faithful participated.
On February 11, there was a special celebration for the sick people of the Diocese of Shkodër-Pult (north of Albania). All the sick faithful were invited to participate at a feast organized at the “Missionaries of Charity” of Mother Teresa. They were accompanied by their families, sisters of different congregations and by people who work in organizations engaged with sick people, such as “home families”, etc. Two actors and some children who live at the Missionaries House sang and acted for more than one hour in a simple show, and food and drinks were offered to all who were present.
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Then the parish priest had the pleasure to invite all the people to peregrinate toward the Cathedral for the Holy Mass.
The Mass was celebrated by the Bishop H.E. Angelo Massafra with some other priests. At the end of the Mass, the faithful were blessed with the Holy Sacrament.
This Mass was celebrated at a time when the Cathedral of Shkodra is celebrating its 150 anniversary and Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed this time as the Year of the Jubilee for this Diocese, thus at the end some prayers were prayed for the people present to receive the Plenary Indulgence.
“Malteser Albania” was present with its volunteers to collaborate with the Sisters of Mother Teresa in transporting the sick children and old and sick people from their houses to the Church and vice-versa.
There were nine Malteser volunteers and staff taking part during the activity and the Mass and two cars were in service.
 
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Carnival celebration with children

 
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This year the Malteser Albania volunteers have thought to celebrate somehow differently the feast of Carnivals. Since this feast precedes the Lent season,  time during which we are invited to think more about others, they have desired to celebrate with Roma children and handicap children who live at the House “Missionaries of Charity” Mother Teresa in Shkodër.
The day of Carnivals, on February 5, in the morning, the volunteers have prepared pancakes and then at noon, they went to the House of “Missionaries of Charity”. There they have celebrated with the children, have offered them pancakes and have tried to enjoy with them, for these children could feel somehow the atmosphere of the feast.
On this day, the Malteser volunteers have celebrated with the Roma children as well, first in the environments in the Village of Peace, where 30 children took part, and in the afternoon they participated in a festive atmosphere at the “Kolping” center. There, the children celebrated and enjoyed with other some other children.
There were seven Malteser volunteers taking part during this celebrating day.
 

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