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Don Silvio Sassi: Commemorazioni

Don Sivio Sassi - CongoL'annuncio della morte inaspettata del Superiore Generale don Silvio Sassi è stato accolto dalle comunità religiose di Kinshasa con grande emozione e costernazione. Un segno di sincera partecipazione ha caratterizzato la celebrazione eucaristica di suffragio celebrata il 22 settembre 2014 alle ore 16.30 nella comunità Giacomo Alberione di Limete.

Don Roberto Ponti introducendo la celebrazione ha sottolineato che a distanza di un mese dalle celebrazioni del Centenario di Fondazione della Famiglia Paolina, era come se fosse necessario un nuovo approfondimento della ricchezza che nasce da un avvenimento che ci proietta nel futuro. Ed ecco che la Provvidenza Divina ci ha visitati in un modo speciale. « Diverse volte – ha sottolineato – avevo detto a Don Sassi, per incoraggiarlo : vedrai che il Centenario ti riserverà delle grandi belle sorprese. E il Signore ha superato le nostre attese. Noi piangiamo il nostro Superiore Generale ma approfittiamo anche di questa occasione e di questa eucarestia per crescere nella fede e, con l'aiuto di tutti, per far diventare un momento difficile e triste un'occasione di unità, di solidarietà, di pace e d'amore ». Più di trenta sacerdoti hanno concelebrato e l'assemblea, numerosa e partecipe, era composta da membri della Famiglia Paolina, di comunità religiose maschili e femminili, da collaboratori, amici e conoscenti. Al termine della messa, è stato proposto il video con le immagini dell'intervento di don Sassi alla celebrazione del Centenario ad Alba, il 20 agosto scorso, come un testamento e un ringraziamento che l'illustre scomparso ha elevato a Dio. E, secondo il costume congolese, tutti sono rimasti ancora a lungo dopo la celebrazione per consolare chi era in lutto. Il momento vissuto ha aiutato tutti ha incidere nei propri cuori il ricordo di Don Silvio, che molti avevano incontato durante la sua visita in Congo nel 2012.

 

Casa provincial. Madrid. Un buen número de miembros de la Familia Paulina de España, amigos y conocidos, se reunieron en la tarde del sábado, 20 de septiembre de 2014, en la Casa provincial de los Paulinos de Madrid para celebrar una eucaristía por el eterno descanso del padre Silvio Sassi (1949-2014), Superior general de la SSP de 2004 a 2014, fallecido repentinamente en la Casa general de Roma, en los primeras horas del domingo 14 de septiembre. 

El padre Sassi visitó España en múltiples ocasiones, antes y después de ser Superior general. La última vez que estuvo en Madrid fue el 6 de abril de 2013, con motivo de la Profesión perpetua de Miguel y de Juan Carlos, hoy sacerdotes paulinos. De su presencia entre nosotros destacamos su participación paterna, discreta y estimulante, en los tres últimos Capítulos provinciales programáticos de los Paulinos españoles, en 2004, 2008 y 2012. ¡Descanse en paz!

 

Don Sassi Philippines


A Mass was held for the the eternal repose of our beloved Superior General, Fr. Silvio Sassi, on September 18, at 6 pm at the St. Paul Sanctuary in Makati City. It was attended by many representatives of the Pauline Family, headed by their respective Provincials and local Governments, and some friends and benefactors.

After the Mass, a dinner was held during which was viewed the funeral Mass of Fr. Silvio Sassi which was streamed earlier by telepace.it. A local video production tribute to Fr. Silvio was also shown during dinner.

Grateful thanks to you, Fr. Silvio Sassi. May you rest in peace.

Don Silvio Sassi - Italia18 September 2014: The Pauline Family gathered around the remains of Rev Fr Silvio Sassi, the Superior General of the SSP, on Thursday, at 11 am in the Crypt of the Basilica of Mary Queen of the Apostles, paid its last homage of love and recognition. The celebration was presided over by Cardinal James Harvey, Arch-Priest of the Basilica of St Paul outside the wall. The concelebrants were Msgr. Giuseppe Sciacca, Msgr Sébastien Joseph Muyengo Mulombe (Congo), Abbot Fr Edmund Powel, Basilica St Paul and great number of Priests. Many brothers and sisters of the Pauline Family spread across the globe could follow the funeral service because of the live telecast in the channel Telepace.

India - Don Silvio SassiIt was Sunday, the Feast of the Exultation of the Cross. Everything seemed to be going on as usual. Most of us in the provincial community were enjoying a well deserved Sunday afternoon siesta. Suddenly somebody received the shocking and unbelievable news of the death of Fr Silvio Sassi, our Superior General. At first it was communicated to each other in murmurs and whispers because the news had to be verified as it was hard to believe. Many who heard the news rushed to their offices and turned on their computers and ipapds. Others tried getting connected to Rome through their mobile phones. Yes, what we heard was true! Fr Silvio Sassi, Our Superior General, was no more!!! It took quite some time for us to come to terms with what we had just heard. Fr Silvio Sassi has gone for his eternal reward on that Sunday early morning!

Several of our communities in India, Nigeria, Great Britain and Ireland made plans for special Requiem Mass the very same evening or the next day to pray for the departed soul and for the grace to live through this time of deep sadness and terrible loss with serenity and peace, and above all to take everything in the light of our faith in Him who is the author of life and death.

The communities of Mumbai together with all the staff of the apostolic sectors held a condolence meeting on Monday 12 noon in the Alberione Hall to mourn the sudden and sad passing away of our beloved Superior General. Glowing tributes were paid to Fr Sassi both by members and staff. The Superior of the community, Fr Joe Eruppkkkatt, said we felt lost and orphaned at this juncture as we have lost the Father of our family. He shared his own personal experience with Fr Sassi, who, he said, was deeply human and was concerned about the happiness and well being of every individual Pauline member. The Director General, Fr Jose Pottayil, who had worked with Fr Sassi as his Vicar General, said "I do not know what to say at this moment of sadness, I am shocked. Fr Sassi's untimely departure has left a deep vacuum in the congregation and in the Pauline Family which can never be refilled".

The Manager of St Pauls Press and Administrator of St Pauls Media Complex, Br Mathew Elavunkal, expressed his grief and sorrow at the loss of Fr Sassi and recalled his able guidance of the congregation. Representing the Staff, Ms Sophie D'Souza, said, "Though I have neither seen him nor heard him, from what I have heard from some of the Fathers, I know he was a holy priest and an able leader and guide. We will miss his guidance and leadership. May his soul rest in peace." Another member of the staff, Mr Chavan, a Hindu by religious belief, said we feel orphaned at the passing away of Fr Sassi. May God Almighty bless him and reward him for all the good that he has done to his fellow human beings. Shanti, Shanti, Shanti!!! (Peace, Peace, Peace!).

As a mark of respect for our departed Superior General, the second half of the day was declared a holiday for all the offices in the campus. Later in the evening, a special Requiem Mass was offered for the repose of Fr Silvio Sassi. Provincial Superior, Fr Michael raj, presided over the Eucharist in which a large number of religious, both Paulines and non-Paulines participated. Fr Jose Potayil preached the homily during which he shared his own experience working and living with Fr Sassi. Fr Provincial requested all who were present at the Mass to continue to pray for Fr Sassi and for the Congregation.

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