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Family gathering in Elven
Generally, special events are celebrated with family: at the Daughters of the Holy Spirit we do not miss this tradition… It is thus that in Elven, we gathered up with family to celebrate, joyfully, our great patronal feast of Pentecost!
At around 10 AM, on Pentecost Monday, 29 members of the family gathered at the Elven community (Department of Morbihan in Brittany), they converged towards the parish church for a Eucharist celebration, celebrated by Father Leo, a Togolese priest: it was a festive Mass, with songs and a homely all adapted to the feast of Pentecost and Mary, mother of the church, and the participation of parishioners. During this Mass we especially prayed for all the deceased members who passed away these past 2 years.
After Mass, we returned to the community where we had an opportunity to make better acquaintance between ourselves, Daughters of the Holy Spirit, Associates, consecrated seculars, around a "friendship drink" appreciated by all. It was a very relaxed moment that allowed us to meet, each coming from either Loyat, Questembert, Elven, Carentoir, St Martin sur Oust, Tréal… For some, it was a first encounter !
Then, we gathered around a well set table to continue our fraternal agape banquets prepared by Daniéle, loyal employee of the community. The meal was punctuated by songs, riddles, humorous stories and good words said or told by each other, enough to find something to delight everyone and make the guests laugh.
At around 3 PM, we all met at the community Chapel for a time of common prayer, where each branch of the Family renewed its vows or commitments. It was a moving moment where we measured the chance we have of being in family !
It was a wonderful, prayerful day, filled with joy and peace, carried out in an atmosphere of simplicity. Fraternity feel's great! Not even tired… says Joséphine, Elven's community leader ! Each one of us, after a last cup of coffee or herbal tea, left with a heart full of joy and with the hope of gathering again to share such exquisite moments !
Jeannine Tiffoche, DHS. Published on June 13th, 2019
Photo 4. "Daniéle, loyal employee of the community" with sister Simone Olligo.