Kumbakonam – The recently established parish council members decided to erect a compound wall. They planned a ceremony to bless the foundation stone on the first anniversary of our newly built church, dedicated to Our Lady of Divine Providence, on November 26, 2012. The Local Ordinary consented to preside over the celebration.
That evening, the Bishop, Most Rev. F. Antonisamy, D.D., S.T.L. blessed the stones and laid the first stone, followed by parish council members. As the procession entered the church for Holy Mass, the bishop blessed St. Antony’s Statue, donated by parishioners, Mr. Guna and Mrs. Parimala. We all gave thanks to our Provident Father for the marvels He continues to do at Guanella Nagar Parish.
After Mass the parish council thanked the bishop and honored him with a shawl. Receiving the apostolic blessing of the bishop the people of God dispersed and went home praising and thanking our Heavenly Father and St. Guanella, the apostle of the poor.
Our parish is progressing both materially and spiritually. Our Founder would say, “A House will be blessed in a special way when all and every one of its members will be, like busy ants, intent on procuring the moral, spiritual and economic welfare of the House.” Yes, all our parishioners are busy and striving to seek the kingdom of God first and as a consequence see with their own eyes abundant blessings of the Heavenly Father. And we are very happy that our parish is under the wings of Divine Providence, Our Mother.