Ministry Gives Bread and the Lord

Dindigul – A new ministry of giving bread and the Lord to the poor, elderly & differently-abled personalities began on January 20th at Guanella Illam, Kallathupatti. The ministry of giving a midday meal on Sundays for the poor began with fifteen people from the area irrespective of religion. People were given space to spend time with one another and share joyous moments with each other. A few moments of prayer and worship was conducted by Fr. Lawrence. The meal was offered by a volunteer. The people were very happy and went home satisfied.

Good-Bye and Hello

Dindigul - good bye helloDindigul – It was in 2013 that the Guanellians took over a new parish, St. Antony’s Church, Kallathupatti. Fr. John Paul was the first parish priest and has successfully completed five years of shepherding the parish. On June 10th he was given a farewell after Mass. Fr. Lawrence Thambusamy was appointed second parish priest of St. Antony’s Church. Before the inaugural and installation ceremony there was a procession from the main road of the village welcoming the Provincial Superior, Fr. Soosai Rathinam, and Fr. Lawrence with a garland. Then the installation ceremony began. Fr. M. A. Antony, the Vicar Forane, conducted the ceremony. Fr. Lawrence presided over the mass. Fr. Soosai preached the homily, explaining the Word of God, thanking the people for their support and insisting that they extend their full cooperation to the new parish priest. After Mass the people thanked Fr. John Paul and welcomed Fr. Lawrence with a shawl. They also honored all the fathers who were present especially Fr. Visuwasam and Fr. Kulandai Samy, Provincial councilors. Thereafter sisters from religious communities thanked and welcomed the parish priests with a shawl. Hearty congratulations and a sense of gratitude to Fr. Achariyam who served as the assistant parish priest for the past two years. To close the event, Fr. Visuwasam thanked the gathering and advised the people to grow in spirituality and unity.

House Inauguration

Kallathupatti – Don Guanella Illam is thankful to God’s magnificent grace for the new mission in the Dindigul Diocese. On June 9th a long anticipated desire was fulfilled a house for the poor and needy was officially opened. The house is named in honor of our Founder ‘DON GUANELLA ILLAM’. This is a historical moment for the diocese and the Congregation. The new Bishop of Dindigul, Most. Rev. P. Thomas Paulsamy D.D., officiated the blessing and opening ceremony in the presence of Provincial Superior, Fr. Soosai Rathinam, SdC. Nearly 50 priests and religious from various congregations as well as diocesan priests participated in the event. About 300 parishioners also attended the program.

Visit of the Counselors

Thalavadi – The Nazareth Illam community arranged a daylong workshop for our staff to improve their service level toward our residents. Five psychological counselors from Dindigul under the head of Fr. David, Sdc organized the workshop. They helped our staff learn better approaches toward our residents, and taught ways to help cure them of their mental illness. Our staff interacted with the counselors and cleared many of their doubts. The counselors also provided books and videos for the staff to equip their knowledge in this field. The community fathers felt very happy for the effort of Fr. David, Sdc and his companions for their benevolent help to the mission.

The Corner Stone

Kumbakonam – It is with great joy that the Guanellian family steps into the ‘Dindigul’ diocese with a new home for charity, Kallathu Patti. The corner stone was blessed and laid for this new home by Fr. Soosai, Provincial Superior, in the presence of Most Rev. P. Thomas Paulsamy. It is an added inspiration to all parishioners and neighbors to become Guanellian workers of Mercy. The local civil officials also showed their solidarity and fellowship with us through their fraternal support. All praise and glory be to God.

Parish Celebrates Centennial

Dindigul – St. Antony’s Church, Kallathuppatti was decorated to celebrate the centennial of St. Louis Guanella October 25th with the entire community. Fr. K. A. Arockiasamy, the diocesan administrator of Dindigul, was the main celebrant for Mass. He stated at the opening of Mass that it was his privilege to have Guanellians in the diocese who commit their entire life for the underprivileged, especially differently-abled people. He also asked the people to cooperate with parish priests in order to develop a standard for the parish. Fr. Arockia Raj, SdC preached the homily, comparing Fr. Guanella’s works of mercy with the Gospel passage Mt. 25,35-36 and explaining his total trust in Divine Providence. After Mass Fr. John Paul, SdC thanked the seven priests, sisters and the parishioners for making the day more joyful. To exemplify the Founder’s words, “As long as there are poor and needy to assist, our charity never ends,” Rev. Fr. K. S. Arockiasamy distributed gifts to the poor. After that Fr. David, SdC distributed prizes for the Founder’s test and Bible competitions. All priests and religious from the area closed the day by sharing an Agape meal.

Parish Feast

Dindigul – The new Guanellian Parish in Kallathupatti, Dindugal Diocese, celebrated their Parish Feast on February 10th. The celebration began with a Novena and flag hoisting on January 29th. Each day of the Novena, guest priests were invited to celebrate Mass and preach to the people. The novena concluded with a solemn Mass celebrated by Fr. Soosai Rathinam and followed by a grand procession. All who participated went away with God’s blessings. Dindigul 1

Church Renovated And Blessed

DindugalDindigul  – For the past two years the Guanellians have been working at the newly acquired parish in Kallathu Patti in the Diocese of Dindugal. Kallathu Patti is a small parish with 150 Catholic families, and is on the outskirts of Dindugal town. There is a small church and the two Guanellian priests are staying in a house donated temporarily by a local Catholic man. The existing church was dilapidated and needed some repairs. After a discussion with the locals and the province, renovation work started and was completed quickly. Rev.Fr. K.S. Arokiasamy, Diocesan Administrator, was invited to bless the renovated Church. The Procurator of the Diocese, neighboring parish priests and religious sisters participated in the Holy Mass on December 26. It was a blessing that the Administrator of the Diocese took the opportunity to thank our congregation for the work being done among the faithful.

A New Guanellian Parish

Sanctuary of Church

Priests process to MassDindigul – The Servants of Charity have taken up a new parish called Kallathupatti in the Diocese of Dindugal, a new diocese bifurcated from the Diocese of Trichy. It is the fifth parish for the Divine Providence Province in India; most of them are village parishes, but Kallathupatti is located near the bypass. Fr. John Paul, SdC is the first parish priest and Dn. A.C. Periyanayagam will be his pastoral assistant.  On July 9th, the day of the installation, many priests and nuns from the diocese attended the Holy Mass. Please pray for the new parish priest and deacon and their pastoral ministry.