Vatluru – The feast of Our Lady of Velankanni was celebrated in a grand manner in the village of Koppaka on September 8th, the birthday of the Blessed Mother. As a spiritual preparation for the feast, a charismatic prayer service and the sacrament of reconciliation were offered beforehand and the faithful partook in them faithfully. A large number gathered to honor Mother Mary on the Feast beginning with a procession in the morning and followed by Mass celebrated by Fr. Shantham. Fr. Peter Sebastian, local superior, and other confreres joined the celebration. After Mass the fathers and local political leaders were honored. A festive meal was shared by more than 2000 people.