NEW CHAPEL INAUGURATION AT KUNNATHUR, MARIAPURAM PARISH
The Annai Velankanni Madha Alayam at Kunnathur, (Under Mariapuram Parish) was blessed by Rev. Bp. Thomas Aquinas and Opened by Rev. Fr. A. Dharmaraj, Msfs on 4-9-2016 at 6PM, in the presence of faithful and people. This Chapel was a long awaited need of the faithful and the people of Kunnathur. Since it is ANNAI VELANKANNI MADHA ALAYAM, every passer-by also pray and benefit. On 4th September 2016, after the blessing and opening of the chapel, there was a short felicitation and prayers to all the dignitaries, well-wishers and sponsors. At the end of the programme everyone was served a fellowship dinner. This spiritual celebration went on well until 8th morning of September 2016, with a FEAST MASS celebrated at 8.30AM. Thanks to the Coimbatore Diocese, South-East India Province of MSFS and all donors and people. God Bless Us all through the intercession of AVM (Annai Velankanni Madha). By Fr. Pilavendran
BLESSING OF THE NEW CHAPEL AT CHATHRIAM
The SFS industrial school at Chathiram celebrated the blessing and dedication of its new chapel and two renovated guest rooms. Rev. Fr. Dharmaraj, the Provincial graced and presided over the blessing and opening of the chapel, the rooms and the kitchen accompanied by Fr. Edward, Msfs, councilor in-charge for Mission. At this auspices moment we gratefully remember and thank late Rev. Fr. Dominic, Msfs, the visionary and the founder of the industrial school. Sincere thanks also to Fr. Dharma raj, the Provincial and His council for their support and encouragement. Fr. Benjamin
FORMATION FORUM MEETING
Pope John Paul II describes seminary formation as,
“A continuation in the Church of the apostolic community gathered about Jesus, listening to his word, proceeding towards the Easter experience, awaiting the gift of the Spirit for the mission.”
The Church continues to place the highest value on the work of priestly formation, because it is linked to the very mission of the Church, especially the evangelization of humanity: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19).
Keeping in mind the value and the importance of the priestly formation and to increase the quality of the priestly formation we convoked the first Formation Forum meeting of this academic year on 09th, September,2016 at 09:00 am at the Provincialate. As the saying goes, “Every moment is the start of the next big things in life” we started the moments of the meeting with a Prayer-filled and Grace-Filled half an hour of adoration, conducted by Rev. Fr. Arockia Selvam. Good many of the members of the formation forum participated in the meeting in the presence of Rev. Fr. Antony Dharmaraj, Our Provincial and Rev. Fr. Deivasakayaraj, the Councillor in charge for formation. The discussions of the meeting were based on;
- Graded Formation in all the stages of formation
- Common Syllabus in all our formation houses
- Human Formation
- The Postulants programme in our minor seminary
We concluded the meeting at 01:00 pm by singing a Hymn to our Mother Mary.
Thanks to all the participants.
“God always calls his priests from specific human and ecclesial contexts, which inevitably influence them; and to these same contexts the priest is sent for the service of Christ’s Gospel” (Pastores dabo vobis, no. 5).
By Fr. Sheen
EDUCATION AND STEWARDSHIP FORUMS MEETING
The members of the Forum arrived at the venue in the early morning of the day. It was our Provincialate at Nagamangalam that the meeting was held and we started the day’s program with prayers of Adoration and thanksgiving after the breakfast at 9 a.m. Rev. Fr. C. Sebastin Raj the Admonitor and Councilor in charge of Education Forum led the prayer service in which good number of the Forum Members participated. Rev. Fr. Amirtha Rajan the Secretary of Education Forum welcomed Very. Rev. Fr. A. Dharmaraj -The Provincial of South East India Province, all the participants and especially the new comers to the Education and Stewardship Forums and after which a silent homage was paid by praying for the departed souls of our confreres of our Province more especially for late Rev. Fr. Dominic Savio who was a member of the Education Forum. The Key-note address and Orientation thoughts were given by Fr. C .Sebastin Raj and the actual discussions began thereafter based on the selected points given to the present members concerning our SFS Schools in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. The important points that were discussed:
- New Initiatives and Creativity
- Review on Centralized Text- Books/Distributor (Dealer)
- Minority Status
- Critique-New Education Policy of Indian Government
- Conferrers: Role and Responsibility
- Tri-dimensional Relationship
- Language: Significance and Expectation
- Local Challenges
Rev. Fr. Nicholas the Bursar of our Province welcomed Very. Rev. Fr. A. Dharmaraj-Provincial of SEIP and all the Participants
Few Highlights of the discussions in the Stewardship Forum are as follows:
- Original Land Documents are to be submitted in the province and the same is to be registered in the local Punchayat
- Pan-Card number is to be registered in the Bank
- If School and Parish communities are attached then only for maintenance and stay of the working conferrers in the institute money can be spent from the school
- If the expense exceeds Rs.20, 000 then the permission is to be sought from the provincial and a third signatory is also insisted upon.
At the end Very .Rev. Fr. A. Dharma Raj congratulated all our confreres who worked hard to produce good results in the last academic year 2015-16 especially for the 10th and 12th standard He also thanked the participants (especially Correspondents, Principals, Procurators, and Teachers of our schools) for the commitment and tireless service towards education of the children. Rev. Fr. C. Sebastin invited the confreres to celebrate our beloved provincials Silver Jubilee of His Priestly Ordination Anniversary Day at our Provincialate. And with a short prayer the meeting came to an end by 1:30p.m and all the members had their lunch after which they dispersed to their respective ministry places.
Fr. M. Simon Prabu
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