Muqeibleh families and Lenten activities
MUQEIBLEH – The small and active parish of Muqeibleh, located on the road to Jenin within Israel, is seriously taking the commitments for Lent. The parish priest , Fr. Marco Riva, sdc, prepared a program of spiritual retreats, conferences and pilgrimages for each week end.
The basic aims are personal conversion and pastoral growth of the community. However, Fr. Marco wanted to focus on the family, during this time between two Synods on the Family.
Fr. Marco was assisted by Fr. Tony Zghendi, sdb, and Fr. Ussama Bahbah, ofm, along with Bishop William Shomali and Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo. The latter took a good share of the program by animating Stations of the Cross, lectures, and guiding retreats in the village and in Nazareth.
Muqeibeh is the smallest and most recent parish of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, with 135 parish members who all belong to four big families which includes many children and youth. The Church was built almost ten years ago. The community feels a bit isolated because of the separation wall that cuts through the lands. The community lives in harmony with the Muslim community and encouraged by the regular pastoral service of Fr. Marco, Fr. John Kennedy and Sr Samia Baris, fsa.
Muqeibleh is now preparing for the pastoral visit of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem on April 25. “It is the only parish, says Fr Marco, where the number of participants at liturgical services, is sometimes higher than that of parishioners. Many faithful from the region of Nazareth come to attend ceremonies in a spacious and beautiful church, on the plane of Esdrelon, enjoying fresh air, easily accessible (30 minutes from Nazareth), and to visit families of children of whom many are married here”
Text : our correspondent in Galilea Photos : A.K.