Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai had a honorable visitor - Mr. Tullio Chiminazzo
On 17th of April Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai were visited by Mr. Tullio Chiminazzo, an economist, expert, jurist, the developer of “1%” project, which funds were used for building Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai, the world’s movoment’s of Ethics and Economics schools founder, writer (author of 8 books).
Guest was satisfied by Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai activities going and by the positive evolution of organization.
From his record to Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai guest’s book:
“…children, director, mothers, employees, colleagues, thank You for continuing the job which was started by monsignore Vytautas Kazlauskas – the priest and the teacher.
At this point I can understand what does it means “solidarity”, as it was clearly stated by blessed Pope John Paul II.
As well as the Organization’s (Inc.) village in the Madagascar, the monument for Ethics and Economics in the world is being built by You too.
Thank You very much. Tullio Chiminazzo"
The visit of Hilfskomitee Litauen - Weissrussland organization
On 16th of April, Sunday, Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai had an unexpected visitors from Germany's organization Hilfskomitee Litauen - Weissrussland.
A group of ministrants, led by priest Joachim Decher from St. Gertrude parish in Dusseldorf had came to Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai for the first time.
Guests were interested in institutions activites, had communicated with children, gaved gifts. The children which familes were not visited also got the gifts from the Germans. They were attended in Verena's hall the next day were the gifts were distributed.
Waiting for the Easter...
Rewiev of the spring‘s vacation (the Holy) week (04-02 - 04-08).
Monday – a trip to „Europos parkas“
On Monday, children had the opportunity to visit the museum under the open sky „Europos parkas“ (park of the Europe).
Europos Parkas was founded in 1991 by Lithuanian sculptor Gintaras Karosas. The exhibition spans an area of 55 hectares and is visited by over 60,000 people annually.
Children in the "Europos parkas". O. Steiniene's photo
The goal of the museum is to give an artistic significance to the geographic centre (as determined by the French National Geographic Institute in 1989) of the European continent and to present the best of Lithuanian and international modern art achievements.
Wendnesday - Lenten afternoon.
The sister of the holy Congregation for Families had exposed the suffering mystery of Jesus till his Resurrection. Children had played the Jesus‘ history in roles by Evangely of Mark, had sang the sacred hymns.
Thursday - Participation in the Vilkaviskis Cathedral‘s St. Mass – oil sanctifying ceremony.
Holy Thursday‘s Mass was purely ceremonial. By noon, the chrism – sanctifying the oils Mass was led by Vilkaviskis bishop R. Norvila. The holy Mass were attended by more then 100 priests and other religious representatives. Everyone, as well as Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai children, was invited to this impressive Mass.
Friday - Children had visited the Zoopark.
Elementary school‘s students had visited the Zoopark. They had saw a variety of animals, learned their stories of origin. Most of the animals they had saw for the first time in their lifes.
Mission – „Beautiful parish“
The children of Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai had cleaned the roadsides from Avikilai village to Liudvinavas city (aprox. 5 km). After, they had classified the trashes and placed their into the special containers.
Sunday (Easter) – All of the children had attended the Ressurection‘s of the Christ holy Mass in Skardupiai Church. After the holy Mass, children had celebrated the Easter in their families.
Celebration of the International Earth day
20th of March is an International Earth day. In that day the surroundings of Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai were cleaned out from the trashes by the children and the workers.
Highlighted are the territories which were cleaned by the community of Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai.
A tour to the Parliament (Seimas) of the Republic of Lithuania
In the end of 2011 Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai had a visitor – Parliament's (Seimas') of the Republic of Lithuania member Albinas Mitrulevicius (which is Marijampole’s representative in Seimas) and his advisor Karolis Podolskis. At that time the children had received an invitation to visit Seimas.
On 14th of March a minibus with a group of 10 children was sent to Lithuania’s capital – Vilnius. Children were greated by Albinas Mitrulevicius' advisor Petras Papovas. Plenary sessions weren’t held that day, so we couldn’t see a lot of Seimas members. After sightseeing and historical part of Seimas tour children had a meeting with a Seimas member Albinas Mitrulevicius, which had invited the children to the Seimas café. Children were whispering –“I will tell my friends that I had ate with Seimas members”-.
Children with Mr. Albinas Mitrulevicius. P. Sulinskas photo
After a delicious lunch we took an elevator to the 7th floor of Seimas Palace. Through the window – one of the busiest streets of Vilnius and a wonderful panorama. Here Mr. Albinas Mitrulevicius sincerely interacted with the children and had discussed about Lithuania, politics, and other to Youth related topics.
After visiting the palace of Seimas we had a nice walk in the Vilnius centre. And also had took a tour to the Cathedral and it’s dungeons. The trip was interesting. Children had learned many historical and political facts and stories of Lithuania.
Lithuania‘s Independence Day – „Lithuania through the eyes of Youth“
Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai on the 10th of March were crowded by Lithuanian flags, and not just on the living houses. Those, who had a chance to cross the Marijampole – Kalvarija road, on the 6th kilometer could see the unique view: Lithuanian flag were made from the painted candles which were placed in a few square meters.
The event in Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai was called „Lithuania through the eyes of Youth“ and not only community had attended, but also some honored guests: journalist – historician Angele Buskeviciene, priest Marius Rudzinskas, Marijampole municipality administration‘s representative Nijole Stadeliene, Marijampole‘s club of bussineswomen‘s president Birute Kurtinaitiene with a club member Ausra Jasikeviciene.
The event began with the holy Mass in the chapel of Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai. After it everyone were welcomed in the meetings‘ hall.
After singing the National anthem the guests had shared their histories and personal experiences related to the restoration of Lithuania‘s independence, had wished the children of commitment, responsibility, citinzenship. Birute Kurtinaitiene had talked about the historic (before 20 years) and the today‘s Lithuania.
The event was led by social educator Edita Vosyliene with assist of music teacher Rima Rusinskiene and her students. Poems were created for the event, in a publicistic performance was made an overview of the current situation in Lithuania through the eyes of Youth. And a culmination was a huge – 9kg cake – „Lithuanian flag“.
Annual folk arts and crafts fair "Kaziuko muge"
Kaziuko muge is annual Lithuanian fair of crafts and folk arts traditionaly held on the Sunday nearest to St. Casimir's day.
In March 4-5th, 2012 Kaziuko muge was organized for the day center's "Dangaus vaikai" (children of heaven) and Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai' children. The fair was held in St. Vincent's parish public hall.
In the fair children were selling their handmades - accesories, decorations, baked and other goods. Fair was successful and lots of children' goods were sold.
The visitors were welcomed warmly in with balloons decorated hall, treated with tea.
Concert of Lithuanian Academy's of Music and Theatre students
On 25th of Feb, saturday, a social initiative - volunteering based support for kids organization "Parama vaikams" had organized a concert of Lithuanian Academy's of Music and Theatre students in Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai. Alisa Gaizauskaite (guide), Svajunas Urnikis (pianist), Julija Karaliunaite (vocal), Eduardas Bogdanovas (violin), Igoris Kazlauskas (basoon) and Asta Jonkute (Lithuanian stringed instrument "kankles") had performed some music, songs, were reading Japanese folk tales.
Winter, winter go away...
Užgavėnės is a Lithuanian festival that takes place during the seventh week before Easter ( Ash Wednesday). Its name in English means “the time before Lent”. The celebration corresponds to Roman Catholic holiday traditions in other parts of the world, such as Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, and Carnaval.
Užgavėnės begins on the night before Ash Wednesday, when an effigy of winter (usually named Morė) is burnt. A major element of the holiday, meant to symbolize the defeat of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, is a staged battle between Lašininis (“porker”), personifying winter, and Kanapinis (“hempen man”), who personifies spring. Devils, witches, goats, the grim reaper, gypsies, and other joyful and frightening characters appear in costume during the celebrations. The participants and masqueraders dance and eat the traditional dish of the holiday – pancakes with a variety of toppings, since round pancakes are a symbol of the returning sun.
That is still a winter in Lithuania, we could of see in 21st of February. At this day Užgavėnės was celebrated in Marijampoles vaiko teviskes namai.
A large table was made from snow, children had surprised by the lots and variety of masks they had made. Ethnic characters "Lasininis" and "Kanapinis" were fighting, everyone were able to try their strenghteness in the events like wood cutting, pancakes eating, rope pulling and other. The culmination of this festival was burning the doll named "More" and shouting: "winter, winter go away"...
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