Feast of St. Anne

Kumbakonam – It was a great joy for our Guanella Nagar Parish to celebrate the feast of St. Anne at the Santhanalpuram substation. The feast began on July 17th with flag raising by Rev. Fr. M. Stanislaus, Director, Sacred Heart Hospital, and solemn Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Gnanaprakasam V. G of Thanjavur. During his homily he said that the parents of our Mother Mary were simple people of great hope.
During ten days of novena, there were Rosaries, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Mass, celebrated by different priests from the different places of the diocese of Kumbakonam and religious priests. On the eighth day of the Novena a special devotion was offered to St. Paul the Hermit, and Rev. Fr. S. Felix Samuel, Secretary of Family Commission, gave a reflection on reconciliation, peace and unity that God alone could give. After Holy Mass, Annathanam (Fellowship meal) was provided for more than two thousand people from all over, which was followed by a light music program.
The culmination of the celebration was on July 25th. Rev. Fr. Eugin Tony, Parish Priest of Vadakkalur presided over the High Mass, and Rev. Fr. A. John Bosco, SdC, blessed the car procession afterwards. The car, carrying the statue of St. Anne, was taken around the streets of the substations. On the following day, Rev. Fr. Visuwasam, SdC, Superior of the Cuddalore community, celebrated the feast day Mass and said in his reflection, “we thank our grandparents for their prayer and good example and reminded us that the wonderful thing about being a grandparent is that it never ends.” The flag was lowered signaling the end of the celebration. Thanks to the guidance of the parish priest Fr. A. John Bosco, SdC, and Fr. M. Vincent, Assistant P.P SdC, as well as Bro. Kalaikovan, Sr. Christy and Sr. Kumari this celebration was beautiful and meaningful, through the intercession of St. Anne.

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