The “Parcours-Mission” is a proposal of the Oblate community of Chavril in Lyon. It consists of 3 weekends meant to bring together young people seeking meaning in their lives and their place in the Church and the world. The third weekend of this year took place in Aix.

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To deepen our relationship with Christ we spent four days together from Ascension Thursday to the following Sunday. The reflection on mission in Oblate spirituality had for its source the words from the Gospel of St. Mark: “To be with… and to be sent…” (Mark 3,14).

The reflection was enriched by various talks given by Oblates: Mission in the New Testament, the Eucharist in the life of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, Mission and internationality and finally Evangelization.

Since the main theme of these days was Mission, we had to challenge our talents by organizing the Ascension Thursday Mass and a prayer vigil on Saturday evening, which was highly appreciated by all participants.

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We certainly did not miss moments of deepening our friendship and exchange between us, while visiting the city of Aix in the footsteps of Saint Eugene.

On Friday afternoon we attended Mass at Montperrin, the psychiatric hospital of Aix. During the visit we followed a well-prepared presentation on the mission of the chaplaincy. Before and after the celebration we were able to exchange with some patients of the hospital.

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With this 3rd weekend we concluded the Parcours-Mission 2017-2018. The next edition is already in preparation. It is a beautiful experience for all young people who wish to know and experience Oblate spirituality in their daily lives.

Patrick VEY, OMI

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