He began his pastoral work visiting homes to get to know the neighborhood and its inhabitants. The first Mass was celebrated on May 31 of that year, and he proposed that St. Pedro Poveda would be the patron of the community. The people agreed with great enthusiasm and this saint was officially appointed their patron saint.
On April 4, 2004, the "Cruzeiro do Compromisso" (a large commemorative cross) was erected in “Plaza del Jatobá,” which currently bears the name "Praça São Pedro Poveda".
That same year, the couple Airton and Janeide took on the coordination of the community. A triduum was organized in preparation for July 28, liturgical feast of St. Pedro Poveda, and the first feast of the community. Masses were celebrated in homes.
In November, land was purchased, which was paid over ten years, for the construction of the Evangelization Center and Saint Pedro Poveda Church.
Given the growth in population and their permanent settlement in the area, it was necessary to build a temporary chapel. The women worked hard selling homemade baked goods at masses to raise money for the building materials. And the most interesting thing is that the same members of the community raised the walls.
It is also worth mentioning the Mass to bless the beginning of the building of Saint Pedro Poveda Church in 2011. It was attended by members of the Teresian Association, who accompany us spiritually with their prayers and friendship, as well as with some financial collaboration.
Over the years there were six other coordinators and the community began to be structured. With the help of various experts in pastoral work, today we offer all the levels of catechesis.
There were also various solidarity projects, praying the Holy Rosary in the homes, and missionary work with the help of the Franciscan Sisters of Penance. The community now spans four neighborhoods and today it represents a strong pastoral part of the parish.
In 2014, the area was reorganized and the Parish of the Holy Family of Nazareth was created. Father Adalberto was appointed its parish priest and the community belonged to it. At the end of 2016 there was a change of pastors and, now, the head of the parish is Father Hamilton César Stempniewiski, who has expressed his desire to continue the friendship with the Teresian Association. But we can never forget Father Adalberto, who introduced us and shared the enormous love for Pedro Poveda, a love that he is now bringing to his new parish.
In short, everything continues to be a dream and a commitment to be more and more salt and light for the people, just as the first Christians were and as Saint Pedro Poveda was in those small Spanish cities.
The community must give thanks for the many graces received in all these years! We will continue dreaming ...
Text and Photos: Nicole Gomes da Silva, Saint Pedro Poveda Community,Taquaritinga, Brazil.
Facebook of the youth group of Saint Pedro Poveda community: https://www.facebook.com/jovenspoveda/
News of the laying of the first stone in the ecclesial community of Saint Pedro Poveda: http://www.institucionteresiana.org
28 de Julho não é dia simples
Em plena Guerra Civil Espanhola
Uma árdua busca pelo direito
Foi "preciso mostrar com obras"
Jamais se esqueceu da igualdade
E através da ternura e da esperança
Preferia ver sua obra acabada,
Era importante a espiritualidade,
Mas por muitos incompreendido,
São Pedro Poveda não acabou
Trinta países ele alcançou assim
E o seu belo trabalho frutificou.
De todos os frutos de irmandade
Taquaritinga, a imagem de Guadix
Que tenhamos essa alma sonhadora
Hoje o mundo conhece o padre,
28 de julho não é dia simples
Nicole Gomes da Silva, 16 años
Comunidade São Pedro Poveda, Taquaritinga, San Pablo, Brasil.