Synthesis of the end of the year report
Each year the Aggregation of the Blessed Sacrament of Santa Maria di Piazza in Turin, presents a report on the activities carried out. This usually takes place on the fourth Sunday of July. This year we likewise relived what took place within the group. The attendance of the aggregates was quite good with about forty being present. The pandemic and the summer period had an influence regarding the number at this event. The agenda included the report on the activities of the Aggregation in 2020-2021 as the first topic. And as a second topic, the memory of the 120th anniversary of the foundation of the SSS community, who contemplate the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance on the throne of exposition.
The report focused on the various occasions and meetings of the Aggregation in 2020-2021, highlighting v 29 September as the 25th anniversary of the promise of some aggregates; v 13 May, the very successful Eucharistic Day; v the only retreat on 23 May with the intervention of Professor Carla Casalegno who spoke of the Aggregation of the Blessed Sacrament at Santa Maria di Piazza from 1901 to today; v the catechises of the fourth Sunday of the month as an occasion of gathering as an aggregation and formation in the eymardian eucharistic spirituality, which this year’s focus being: the celebration of Mass; v the two retreats in June given by Fr Bernardo Mauri and Fr Luca Zanchi.
From the fourth Sunday of January 2021 we wanted to remember the 120 years of presence of the Blessed Sacrament Congregation in Turin at the church of Santa Maria di Piazza, retracing the history from the beginning to today and recalling the most significant moments and some achievements in this long, and we can say, glorious history. We recalled and paused to reflect on v the path taken to open an Italian community of Blessed Sacrament religious in Turin. v The activities of the parish with the various associations and groups and of the sacramental community with the Aggregation’s various experiences were recalled. Then mention was made of v the magazines published by the Eucharistic Centre in Turin; v the presentation of the Aggregation of the Blessed Sacrament to Santa Maria; and lastly, we were amazed by the beauty and v message of the monstrance and the throne of exposition. This was an afternoon to express gratitude to the Lord for what has been done during the year 2020-2021, and also to be grateful for what the Blessed Sacrament religious have been able to accomplish from 1901 to today in Santa Maria for both Turin and for Italy, by making known the vitality of eymardian eucharistic spirituality
Lights and shadows alternated in the development of the programme set up and presented to the aggregates in September 2020. The programme was halted, resumed, set aside, postponed, cancelled due to the pandemic. A path of obstacles faced was overcome by the zeal and availability of all the aggregates. It turned out that not everything went as foreseen due to the pandemic which certainly affected participation and attendance.
Mrs Maria Pia Canale
Secretary of the Aggregation
25 July 2021