Eluru – As the scholastic year was about to begin, we received 1000 notebooks from our donors to give to the poor students. The children were happy to receive them just in time to use them and study well. Please pray for these students and for a better future. Here in Eluru very few students study after they reach high school.
Vatluru – In the diocese of Eluru, the closing of the year of faith was officially celebrated by the Bishops of the dioceses of Eluru and Warangal in Nirmalagiri, the famous Marian shrine on November 15th. The year of faith officially ended at Sacred Heart Church on the Solemnity of Christ the King. Fr. Bosco Rajendra, Chancellor of the Diocese, was the main celebrant. The brothers from DGMS for the immediate preparation for their Perpetual Vows were also present for the Holy Mass. After the gospel they and the parish children performed a skit based on the theme of faith, visualizing the life of Abraham, Mary and St. Louis Guanella. With candles in their hands the people recited the Creed faithfully. The seminarians were honored at the end of the mass.
Vatluru – The members of the Legion of Mary and other pious groups of the Sacred Heart Parish visited Mother Teresa Sishu Bhavan, a home for mentally and physically challenged children near Eluru. The gifts received in remembrance of Rev. Fr. Thanasekar were given to the children as a token of love. The parish girls prepared a dance and songs for the children to express their fraternal love. Fr. Peter Sebastian, the Superior, distributed the gifts to the good children and Fr. Peter Joseph concluded the program by praying for them.
Koppaka– The Vatluru community celebrated the feast of our Founder St. Louis Guanella for the first time at Guanella Bhavan, the Minor Seminary in Andhra Pradesh. The festive Holy mass was celebrated by Most Rev. Mathew Cheriankunnel, PIME. The first anniversary of the canonization of our founder was a landmark in the history of the local. Priests and women religious from in and around the city of Eluru attended, and the Legion of Mary from the parish took a leading role in the Feast. The most special guests were the children of Guanella Oratory. About 500 people participated in the Holy Eucharist and received the blessing of St. Guanella on the gracious occasion. After the Holy Mass the young, energetic seminarians portrayed the life St. Guanella through a 40 minute skit. Everyone enjoyed learning about his life in that art form. A festive meal was served to end the joyful, educational celebration.