Rome (Italy) In this time of emergency in which it is not possible to carry on with ordinary work, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in two communities in Italy have chosen to give their contribution by making masks for protection and to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

FMA Villa San Giovanni realizzano mascherine

They are the FMA of Villa St. John (RC), of the Southern Province of Our Lady of Good Counsel (IMR), Sister Caterina Luciano and Sister Caterina Crocitta, whom the Mayor of the city, Giovanni Siclari, also congratulates ‘for this strong commitment in the social sphere, a sign of love for everyone.’ The President of the FMA Past Pupils, Bruna Cardile, writes: “This service is the true, tangible demonstration of being Salesian and, I say it with pride, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. Looking at those photos with the sisters intent on working, I seemed to see Mary Mazzarello, so great in humility!” While ordering the masks, families and groups are surprised when they learn that it’s all free and are happy to feel the sisters so close to the people: “The sisters give what they have: their heart.”

The FMA of Guardian Angel House of Alessandria, of the Piedmont Province of Mary Help of Christians (IPI), thought that at a time when it was difficult to find masks, it was good and right to make a contribution: “We are not used to being with our hands idle and so, especially those who are not involved in online teaching activities, have ventured into the creation of masks.” The masks are made of fabric that is washable even at high temperatures and can be reused, but above all they are available, free of charge, to anyone who needs them with this note from the sisters: “Use it with good sense only if there is a real need , so as not to deprive those who really need it most! In exchange, we only ask you for one prayer: the one you find written on the paper attached to the mask. We pray for you every evening … join us! Thank you!”

By providing this ‘new production’ as a service, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians of Villa St. John and Alessandria continue to live and put into practice Mother Mazzarello’s phrase: “Every stitch is an act of love for God.”

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