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“Rise & Shine” Faith Camp (2018), Zambia

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A Faith Camp by the theme – “Rise &Shine” was organised by St. Michael Parish, Westwood, Lusaka, Zambia. The camp began on 10th December and concluded on 17th December 2018. The camp was attended by around 545 students apart from catechisers and animators. The daily activities included physical exercises, prayers, timely delicious meals, catechism classes, life matters subjects like – Adolescence and Peer Pressure, Drug & Substance Abuse, Decision-making, Self-awareness, Empathy, Early Pregnancies, Abortion and its evils, Education as First Priority, HIV & AIDS, STIs, Stigma and Discrimination, Family Life, Child Abuse, Character Building, Positive Living and Career Goal. A lot of parishioners and others came on board to support the program. A big thanks to all who worked behind its success.

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THOUSANDS BID FAREWELL TO RT. REV. THOMAS THENNATT SAC, BISHOP OF GWALIOR

Large number of Bishops, Priests and laity, gathered at St. Paul’s Church, Gwalior paid their last respects and bid farewell to the “Pastor of The Periperies”, Rt. Rev. Thomas Thennatt SAC (65), Bishop of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, who passed away on 14 December, 2018 (Friday) in a tragic car accident. He was returning to the Bishop’s House after an annual function in a school where the vehicle he was travelling skidded off and overturned. He was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital and thereafter to St. Joseph Hospital, Gwalior where he was declared dead. The funeral service of our beloved Bishop was held on 18 December at 11.00 a.m. The funeral mass was celebrated at St. Paul’s Church, Gwalior and the funeral was held at Bishop’s House Cemetery at Gwalior after the funeral mass in the Presence of Bishops, Pallottine Confreres, Priests, Sisters and a large number of laity.  May God grant him eternal rest.

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BLESSING AND RE-DEDICATION OF ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI CHURCH AT INDORE

St. Vincent Pallotti Church at Shuklia, Indore, was renovated and blessed by Rt. Rev. Chacko Thotttumarickal, the Bishop of Indore, and inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Thomas Thennatt, the Bishop of Gwalior in the presence of Pallottine Confreres and the parishioners of Shuklia Parish on 09 December 2018. The Church has been renovated under the able leadership of Rev. Fr. Saji Punchal, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Shinson Sebastian, the Asst. Parish Priest and the concerted efforts of all the parishioners.  The images on the walls of the sanctuary depict beautifully images of Jesus, Mary, biblical images and saints. The entire art work in the renovated church has been done by Pallotti Kalagram, an art centre of the Prabhu Prakash Province under the charismatic leadership of Rev. Fr. Royichen Joseph, the Director and Rev. Fr. Dominic Pullen, the Bursar of the centre.

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25th DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF LATE REV. FR. VARKEY PUNNATHANATHU SAC

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The 25th Death Anniversary of late Rev. Fr. Varkey Punnathanathu was commemorated on  20 November 2018 at Pallotti Bhawan, Nagpur. Four of his family members came all the way from Kerala to join this ceremony. The Holy Eucharist was offered in his remembrance by Rev. Fr. Thomas Edathottiyil. Prayer of the Office of the Dead was said at his tomb. We fondly remember our departed confrere late Rev. Fr. Varkey and pray that his soul may rest in peace.

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INAUGURATION OF AN HCL TRAINING CENTER AT ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI ENGINEERING COLLEGE HOSTEL, NAGPUR

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The inauguration of the HCL training center in the B Block of the St. Vincent Pallotti Engineering College Hostel was held on 19 November 2018.  The center was inaugurated by Mr. Sanjay Gupta, Vice President, HCL New Vistas, New Delhi.  The top management of the HCL technologies New Delhi, HCL Team Nagpur, HCL scholars, the College faculty and students attended  the Function.

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SAD DEMISE OF REV. FR. BENEDICT KANNADAN (1963-2018)

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The whole Pallottine society with great sorrow received the news of the death of Rev. Fr. Benedict Kannadan SAC on November 14 ,2018 at Trivandrum. His mortal remains were kept at Mount Carmel Church, Mariyapuram for the parishners and public to pay their last respect on November 15 and a requiem mass celebrated in the same church. The funeral service took place at Pallottigiri, Trivandrum on 16 November 2018 at 4.00 p.m. presided over by Most. Rev. Soosa Pakiam, Archbishop of Trivandrum, Very Rev. Fr. Varghese Pullan, Provincial Rector of Prabhu Prakash Province. We are saddened by the loss of a zealous confrere, but we continue to pray for his departed soul.

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‘AWAITING’ A NEW SCHOOL AT SIYUM

 

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In view of giving improved infrastructure to the School at Siyum, the ceremony of the laying of the foundation stone for a new School was held on November 02, 2018 at Siyum, Arunachal Pradesh. The foundation stone was laid by Rev. Fr. Thomas K.P SAC, The Local Rector of the North East Local Community in the presence of Rev. Fr. Jomish Joseph SAC, Parish Priest, other Pallottine Fathers, school children and the local faithful . We wish God’s providence and protection and look forward to the speedy completion of the construction of School.

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SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATION AT ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC CHURCH, KODAK

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St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Kodak, a Sub-Station of St. Vincent Pallotti Church, Siyum celebrated its Silver Jubilee on 31 October, 2018 with various programmes including Volleyball, Group Dance and Dual Dance Competitions. Rev. Fr. Thomas KP, the Local Rector of the North East Local Community blessed the Church and presided over the Jubilee Mass on 01 November 2018. It was followed by  a felicitation programme with Mr. Rudham Sindhu, Constituency Candidate for Taliha and Kodak, as the Chief Guest in the presence of hundreds of people from the surrounding parishes and villages. We thank God for the abundance of blessings that He has showered upon all. May God bless all those who rendered their help for the success of the silver Jubilee celebration. Our Congratulations to Rev. Fr. Mukesh Garasiya, the Priest In-charge of Thalia-Kodak for the well organised celebrations.

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BLESSING OF THE NEW BUILDING OF ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI CATHOLIC SCHOOL, WESTWOOD, ZAMBIA

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St. Vincent Pallotti Catholic School, Westwood, Zambia is blessed to have a new building for the Primary School. On October 19, 2018 the Provincial Rector of Epiphany of the Lord Province, Nagpur, India, Very Rev. Fr. Varghese Pullan SAC officiated the blessing ceremony. Very. Rev. Fr. Joe Koyickal SAC, the Provincial Rector of the Mother of God Province, Milwaukee, USA inaugurated the school building. The function also saw the presence of The District Education Board Secretary, Mr. Langson Chibuye, the Mayor of Chilanga District, Mrs. Annie Brown and other Pallottine Fathers, parents and well- wishers. We express heartfelt gratitude to everyone who made this dream come true. May God bless us.

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FORMATORS MEET AT PAC, NAGPUR

Formators meetingThe Formators meeting of all the three Pallottine entities in India organised by Permanent Secretariat for Formation (PSFI) took place at Pallottine Animation Centre, Nagpur on 14-15 August 2018. A total of 25 Formators from the three provinces took part in the meeting. Rev. Fr. Varghese Pullan, President of the Conference of Major Superiors in India, welcomed all in the inaugural address. The main sessions were taken by Rev. Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, Rector General on “Priesthood according to Pallotti” and by Rev. Fr. Jossie Lobo S.J.  on “Holiness of Priesthood” dwelling on Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis. We thank and appreciate the efforts of the PSFI in arranging this program.