Communities for Women
ASSOCIATION OF THE
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
AND ST. MICHAEL
The Old People’s
Shelter, “Jose Lima” at Good Jesus of Itapoana, whose director is
Monsignor Francisco Apoliano, will complete its thirty years of
existence on August 22, feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The Old People’s
Shelter began as the fruit of the generosity of Mr. Jose Lima, of
loving memory. On the border of Itabapoana River, on the grounds
of his property, Mr. Jose Lima had built a modest house, where he
sheltered seventeen old people keeping them at his own cost with
some help from other charitable souls. Before his death in 1960,
Mr. Jose Lima had entrusted the shelter to the care of his wife,
and had recommended her to donate it eventually to Father Francisco
Apoliano, Parish Priest of Good Jesus (Bon Jesus). Mrs. Nair Lima
made the donation on October 7, 1971. The shelter was entrusted
then to the “Immaculate Heart of Mary Social Center”, whose president
was Father Francisco Apoliano. Monsignor Francisco Apoliano with
the other directors, made the decision to extend the house to accommodate
a greater number of residents. On July 9, 1964, Doctor Oliveiro
Teieira, then Mayor, donated the grounds at the Pedro Rodrigues
do Carmo Street.
On May 13,
the following year, commenced the construction of the actual shelter
building to include one large chapel, for the spiritual assistance
of the residents and people from the area.
On August 22,
1970, feast the Immaculate Heart of Mary, it was officially inaugurated
as the new old people’s shelter building, with the name of “Shelter
Jose Lima for Old People”. A large crowd and the Mayor, Mr. Jorge
Assio de Oliveira, gave great prestige for the ceremony. The old
people were transported in a festive parade by car from the old
building to the new one. Monsignor Uchoa, in loving memory, then
celebrated the Holy Mass, substituting for Dom Antonio de Castro
Mayer, who was unable to be present. During the afternoon of the
same day, there took place the “Charity Procession”: the images
of the Immaculate Heart of Jesus and Mary were brought to be enthroned
in the chapel as the Protectors of the Institute. The “Charity
Procession” has now become traditional at the occasion of the Shelter’s
anniversary. Ever since, every year, on August 22, a big crowd
brings its alms and offerings for the maintenance of the institution.
the shelter work
The old people
are received after the recommendation, in accordance with the internal
regulation, giving preference to those who are more forlorn. Beyond
the material security, the Shelter aims particularly to assist the
old people spiritually with the comfort of religion, to enable them
to live their old days in peace and holiness. The old people help
one another and according to their physical strength, they can help
to perform household duties, in the garden, and kitchen, etc. The
Shelter also helps families in difficulties, by giving clothes,
footwear and medicines.
Thanks to Divine
Providence, the Shelter receives, through the generosity of the
Bon Jesus people, enough alms and offerings to be maintained. It
also receives a one yearly offering from the city hall. To run
the house, five young women who longed to serve God in the person
of the poor were admitted at the beginning. In 1976, they were
fourteen living in the community and the number was more than that
of the old people who solicited admission. It became necessary
to improve the organization to give a greater security in their
striving for a more perfect life.
prayers, there was founded on August 22, of the same year, “The
Association of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Michael”, with
the approval and blessing of Dom Antonio Castro Mayer and Father
Francisco Apoliano. The latter was elected General Director. The
Association has presently 45 members professed, juniors, novices,
postulants and aspirants. Besides the Sisters, the Association
has a Tertiary group called “St. Joseph’s group” which collaborate
in the Association activities; they have 21 members at present.
The Association of Sisters also dedicates itself to the teaching
of catechism in Catholic schools and to other types of apostolate
in the parish, having in mind the propagation of devotion to the
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Michael.
The Sisters of the Association are housed beside the Shelter in
one big house with its own chapel and cloister.
In 1982, Monsignor
Francesco was expelled from his parish because he preserved the
traditional Mass and the traditional doctrine of the Church. Monsignor
started to attend to the faithful in the Shelter chapel, which began
to be too small for the great number of Catholics from Bon Jesus
who wanted to stay faithful to Tradition. During these eight years
in exile, the attendance to the Shelter chapel continued to increase.
On Sundays, there are three Holy Masses. The people crowd the chapel,
the hall of the Shelter and the side corridors. On First Fridays,
there are almost a thousand faithful who make the Communion of reparation
to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
c/o Fr. Fernando Areas Rifan
Rua Miranda Pinto, 26