Kumbakonam – Valentine’s Day, February 14th, was a loving day for the tuition children. On that chilly morning, the children and their teachers gathered at the parish to go on a picnic. With the blessings of Our Lady of Divine Providence and delighted shouts of the children, the bus departed for Adaikala Madha Shrine in Elaakurichi. At this shrine Fr. John Bosco, Parish Priest, and Assistant Parish Priest, Fr. Arbutha Raj, celebrated Holy Mass. Fr. Lourdhu Samy, Shrine Director, welcomed the group and told of the history and miracles of the Blessed Mother. After breakfast, the children visited the entire Shrine and bought religious souvenirs. The second stop was also a spiritual place, Our Lady’s Basilica at Poondy. The children sat at the feet of Our Lady and prayed. They also enjoyed playing in the park nearby. A special blessing for the group was partaking in the feeding program of the Basilica; a blessed meal at a holy place. Next they went to a historic tourist spot, Kallanai (Great Anicut). It is an ancient dam, built by a Tamil King, Karikala Chozhan, on the river Cauvery. They ate lunch under the shadow of some gigantic trees. As the sun was setting, they departed for home.