Our pilgrim house accommodated the church choir Václav from Stará Boleslav led by Choirmaster Marie Nohynková from 8 till 13 May 2019. The church choir accompanied with its singing the evening Holy Mass in the chapel of Eucharist in St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday 11 May. On Sunday 12 May took place the concert in church of St. Mary, the Queen of Apostles, administered by Pallottines. Both events took place with the participation of Mr. Václav Kolaja, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Holy See.
Demolition of the building C
From 11 March 2019 after more than a month’s break caused by waiting for a demolition permit the works on building C are continuing. The building company took apart the roof from 11 to 15 March and on 18 March continued with the demolition of the perimeter wall that had not met the technical requirements.
The pilgrim’s group of PhDr. Koudelková
From 3 to 12 January 2019 the group of about 30 pilgrims guided by PhDr. Koudelková was staying in our pilgrim house during its regular pilgrimage to Rome. Some of them joined us during the fumigation of the pilgrim house on the day of Epiphany. Sisters Marie and Lucie accepted PhDr. Koudelková’s invitation for the trip to the Etruscan necropolis of Cerveteri on 10 January.
Caroller from Slovakia
The carollers from Slovakia, who arrived for the Holy Father blessing, were accommodated in our pilgrim house at the turn of the year 2018/ 2019. The Holy Father gives the blessing to the (Three Kings) carollers from the whole world during the Holy Mass on 1 January. In their filled program they found time for carol-singing for the community of Velehrad on 31 December.
Moving and demolition of the room dividers in the building "C"
The preparation of the building C for the reconstruction culminates. On Saint Lucy´s Day 13.12. we mooved the chapel to a new temporary place. The furniture and other things were transported with the aid of P. rector Czudek and a technic of the Pontifical College Nepomucenum at Rome for storage to Nepomucenum. On 7 January the construction company started the works of demolition with much effort.
In the tracks of saints 16. - 17.11.2018
On 16th and 17th November four pilgrims togehter with sr. Lucie made a pilgrimage in the tracks of Saints Peter and Paul in Rome. They visited St. Peter´s Basilica and the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls and other churches connecting to their activities and to the life of the first Christians in Rome.
General meeting – November 2018
From 6 to 9 November 2018 the members of the General meeting met at the regular annual meeting at the Czech Religious Center (CRC) Velehrad in Rome. They commemorated the 50th anniversary of founding of the CRC. The incorporated changes of the new statutes and the funding of the beginning reconstruction of the last part of the house on Via delle Fornaci belonged to the central themes. At the daily common Holy Mass we remembered the deceased members of the General meeting and the good that has been done through the pilgrim house. We prayed for the God‘s blessing for next 60 years of Velehrad.
We met at a friendly get-together in Frascati.
Festivity of the 50th anniversary of the Velehrad Center
On Friday 28. 9. 2018 we commemorated the 50th anniversary of founding of the Czech Religious Center Velehrad in Rome with the celebration of the Holy Mass in St. Peter´s Basilica. The Holy Mass was celebrated by President of CRCV Mons. Jan Vokál, bishop of diocese of Hradec Králové. Before the celebration of the Holy Mass Mons. Vokál blessed a memorial plaque in the crypt of Basilica in place where, for some decade, were lying the remains of Card. Beran. In the end of the Holy Mass followed the prayer at the altar dedicated to St. Wenceslas. The prayer was ended by St. Wenceslas chant and by the Czech national anthem.
The Holy Mass was followed with hospitality at Center Velehrad on Via delle Fornaci 200. It began with common prayer and blessing by Mons. Vokál and continued with friendly talks at prepared snacks.