Celebration Brings us Together

Priests and Brothers renew their vows on Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Bangalore – The month of June was special to Guanella Preethi Nivas; it was blessed with many joyful, grace-filled events:Priests and Brothers renew their vows on Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

  • On June 3rd, people of Holy Rosary Church, Yelangha came to GPN to share their love with the elderly by performing skits, dancing and singing. They were very inspired by the mission and the elderly enjoyed their performance. At lunch, Fr. Visuvasam presented St. Louis Guanella key chains to the performers.
  • An inauguration ceremony on June 7th kicked off the year for philosophy brothers studying at Kristu Jyoti College. Holy Mass was celebrated by the Provincial of the Salesians in the Bangalore Province and concelebrated by Fr. Samson, Rector of Philosophy Students.
  • On the feast of St. Antony of Padua, June 13th, Fr. Samson and Deacon Kanikairaj went on a pilgrimage with their elderly beneficiaries. They began their spiritual journey joyfully; spending time praying to the Lord. After the Eucharistic celebration, they went site seeing and had tea and snacks before returning home.
  • The Feast of the Sacred Heart began early in the morning with prayer and meditation led by Fr. Samson at GPN. The priests and brothers played basketball with the elderly as ‘cheerleaders.’ In the evening, Fr. Visuvasam celebrated Mass; reminding everyone that the Sacred Heart is the heart of love, forgiveness and compassion which all Christians are called to possess. During Mass, the priests renewed their vows. The feast day ended with a fellowship meal.
  • On June 23rd, a grand Mass was celebrated by Fr. A. P. Samy to commemorate the 1st anniversary of his ordination. The entire GPN Community was inspired by his words, “be strong enough to face any challenge.” Dinner, fellowship and games followed. The evening ended by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

Entrance into Postulancy

postulants enter seminary

postulants enter seminarySivagangai – A solemn Eucharistic celebration welcoming seven brothers (three from Andhra Pradesh and four from Tamilnadu) into postulancy took place on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 15th in the Yesuvanam community. Fr. Soosai Rathinam, Vice Provincial, Fr. Paul Arockiaraj, Rector of the Minor Seminary in Cuddalore, and Fr. Thomas, the Spiritual Director, were the celebrants. During the Homily Fr. Soosai addressed the Postulants insisting that they learn to be meek and humble like Jesus and encouraging them to grow in spiritual, charismatic and human qualities. After the homily, Fr. Soosai presented each postulant with a Holy Cross as a sign of official entrance into postulancy. The celebration ended with a fellowship meal.