|Project:||D. Bosco Oratory in Rondonópolis Mato Grosso - Brasil|
|Date of foundation:||1998|
|Place:||Rondonópolis Mato Grosso - Brasil|
|Province:||Mato Grosso BMA|
FIRST MEETING ORATORIES AT RONDONOPOLIS (MT) - BRASIL
Around 800 young people took part on 15th April in the first regional meeting of Oratories. They came together at the Filhos de D. Bosco Oratory in Rondonópolis (Matto Grosso) coming from Poxoréo (Oratory/Youth Centre), Coxipó (St Anthony's Oratory), Alto Araguaia (Our Lady of the Apparition Oratory), Primavera do Leste (Don Bosco Youth Centre) e Rondonópolis (Filhos de D. Bosco Oratory). All belong to the Campo Grande (Mato Grosso - Brasile) Province.
Around 8:00 am they began arriving at Rondonópolis in their different groups and were met with much music and joy. The gathering's coordinator, young Salesian Brother Antonio Wardison, put up the programme prepared by an group from the oratory and by other volunteers from Rondonópolis: reflection, prayer, fun times, and fraternal moments.
FATIH AND PRAYER - Towards 9:30 a general coming together: each group leader presented him or herself and spoke of expectations. Brother Wardison welcomed them and they began with a prayer and a reflectioin with songs led by Salesian Deacon Ângelo Senerino from Coxipó-MT.
LUNCH - Once it was time to eat, everyone got in line in oratory groups, and were well fed with plenty of natural orange juice to wash it all down with.
Fr Danilo, the Rector of the Filhos di D. Bosco Oratory, spoke about the work done with the most needy, by this Oratory. "Every month we try to celebrate an event, a feast, something to attract them to come; that way the poor can eat something with usi. However, what's important is the active participation in the Oratory itself. We don't want them to come just to get something to eat. They all have to take part in some activity. We want them all to feel at home, just like they feel at home in their own homes. Once again a meeting like this one, helps us see Salesian vitality and teh desire we have to realise a dream: that every young person can be active in having a better life", Fr Danilo added.