Jesus and Mary visit the youth in Uruguay using technology and creativity
During the worst moments of the pandemic, the Schoenstatt youth in Uruguay figures out how to continue their mission using “Tabor Box”.
Schoenstatt Youth Uruguay
April 5th. 2021
Every year the Schoenstatt youth in Uruguay carry out a mission with college students in Montevideo called ‘’The Blessed Mother’s Tabor” where dozens of young people offer their service to the Church by taking their parishes to smaller neighborhoods, accompanying Jesus and Mary during the Holy Week and choosing to live a different kind of experience. This mission, full of symbols and gestures, has slowly conquered Montevideo for the MTA and offers the youth a great opportunity to unite with the hearts of Christ and his Mother.
The pandemic reached Uruguay in 2020 just as we were working on our mission plans and it forced us to reinvent ourselves and come up with virtual activities that would allow us to take that spiritual leap together, joined in prayer and using technology. The outlook for 2021 was more promising, having started the vaccination process and having a relatively controlled number of confirmed cases, which gave us reason to hope that we could carry out our mission in person and that the Schoenstatt family could experience this Holy Week together. This is how the mission began to be organized, choosing a location, and appointing those responsible for the different activities, all united in the idea that it could be done even if the panorama became more adverse. Within the framework of previous activities, the Schoenstatt Family in Uruguay, together with the Rosary Campaign and the youth branches, took our Blessed Mother’s altarpiece to the Schoenstatt headquarters in Montevideo, where the Holy Week mission would take place.
Due to an increase in positive Covid cases, the people in Uruguay were urged to reduce their mobility, appealing to each person’s freedom of choice, in order to reduce transmission of the virus. Therefore, it became clear that carrying the mission in person with dozens of young people involved would not be viable, which forced us to look for other means of evangelization during this crisis.
The idea was to be able to take the Blessed Mother’s Tabor to every youth, to every home and to every family. This became the TABOR BOX, which appealed to the great dedication of all of those in the organization, writing prayers that could be used by the youth in their homes and would help them connect to Christ and his Mother. The BOX included a booklet with relevant prayers, a personal capital of grace notebook, and various elements that could be used to create a proper atmosphere in the home for the Holy Week: candles, cards, stickers, and Father Kentenich’s phone. All this was done so each youth could set up their Home Shrine with their family.
So it was that, despite adversity, through virtual encounters, social media and the BOX TABOR, many young people were able to accompany Christ and the Blessed Mother during this Holy Week.
With hope and joy, confident in the victory, with Mary, into the new era!
Pictures: Schoenstatt Uruguay