100 Years in Heaven

Chennai - Centenary Celebration 1Chennai – “These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God, with the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival” (Ps 42,4).
These words of the Psalmist were realized on October 23rd! It was a glorious, luminous and joyful day as we have celebrated the final celebrations of our Founder’s Birth into Heaven at Poonamallee. The festive multitude was formed by a great number of Servants of Charity, Daughters of St. Mary of Providence, Guanellian Cooperators and the Guanellian Lay Movement and colored by the Good children, orphans and the aged. Many diocesan priests, religious (both men and women) and other parishioners also participated in the event. Everyone gathered at Don Guanella Major Seminary, Karayanchavadi. The celebration began with the blessing of the decorated car with the Founder’s statue for the procession by Fr. Soosai Rathinam, Provincial Superior of the Divine Providence Province. Dances were performed by the Good Children of Don Guanella Special School and a pair from Thirumullaivoyel Parish. After the performances, the procession headed towards St. John the Baptist Parish, where a solemn Mass was celebrated by Most. Rev. George Antonysamy, Archbishop of Chennai-Mylapore. In his homily he said, “God has given us three special gifts life, faith and love. The greatest spiritual gift is love and this gift should be shared with all. ” He also quoted the words of St. Ambrose, “When you share love in thought, word and deed, think not as a gift but as a duty.”
The people who came from different realities gave generously so many offering such as groceries for poor, stationeries for school going children etc. The Archbishop distributed ten bags to the poor, a sign of solidarity with them. After Mass in his address, Fr. Soosai said that everyone needs to be witnesses of love in the world. Sr. Victoria, Delegate Superior of the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence, spoke about the devotions of St. Guanella to the Eucharist. Fr. Kulandai Samy thanked everyone for their participation, contribution and closeness to the Guanellian family. The celebration ended with a meal at DGMS.

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