Girl's Youth in Brazil fulfill their mission in the midst of the pandemic
120 young women from the whole country become instruments of change
Carolina Panosso Schuindt
Gabriela Coiado Mota
2. June 2021
May is the month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin in Brazil. For this reason, Schoenstatt’s Girl’s Youth “Jufem” in Brazil celebrates these 31 days every year in a special way. Through prayers, contributions to the capital of grace and specific acts, they give thanks to the Blessed Mother for all the gifts received.
In 2021 the world is going through a period marked by crosses and great difficulties. In Brazil many feel helpless by the loss of loved ones; others suffer unemployment and even hunger, but the Blessed Mother is present next to each one of us, every day during this pandemic.
Faced with this reality, “with a hand on the pulse of the times and an ear on the heart of God”, the Jufem decided to give a solid “Yes” to their mission and, with Mary, transform this reality.
Missions during the pandemic
On May 8, 120 young women connected from all over Brazil were sent on a mission from their own homes. One of their tasks was to give support, care and gratitude to the health workers. Each missionary group would pray for the employees at the Santa Casa de Londrina Hospital in Parana and then wrote them a letter.
Sister M. Glaucia Carini Couto, who works at this hospital, told us; “It is a very valuable present for us to receive so many prayers and sacrifices. We are facing, along with all those who work in the healthcare field, a critical phase in this pandemic, in which we are losing our strength to save the precious gift of life. That is why, each prayer, spiritual companionship, encouraging words and gratitude from the youth is very welcomed“.
Being missionaries in their own reality
Besides offering companionship to the healthcare professionals, the Jufem prepared formation materials and provided moments of prayer open to the public on Instagram.
Elinie Maria Rodrigues Porto, from Angelim, Pernambuco, commented: “Within this context of the pandemic that we are going through, we need to be more attached each day to the MTA and our loving God. That is the only way we will feel the strength and faith to face this moment and still give love to those around us. The missions embody precisely that, a faith link through which we will all express our gratitude and affection for the healthcare workers who have given so much of themselves lately.”
The missions came to a close on May 22 with moments of spiritual experience online. On that day, Jufem sent the letters written for the hospital employees.
“Taking part of the online missions was quite a different experience, one of great joy. It feels great to know we are not alone and realize that there are other girls from the Girl’s Youth Movement who are giving the best of themselves as well. This way we are able to be absolutely sure that the Blessed Virgin is showing us the right path, for such a beautiful mission. The mere praying of a rosary can bring such great blessings and joy! God bless all of you for your efforts“, said Eduarda Ribeiro Giediel, from Seberi, Rio Grande do Sul.
If you wish, you can follow news and information about the Schoenstatt Girl’s Youth in Brazil through www.jufem.com.br, and through Instagram: @jufembrasil