Kumbakonam – “Lent is a time to experience God’s Mercy and a time to extend God’s Mercy to others,” said Pope Francis. During the Lenten season, the Stations of the Cross were animated in substations of Guanella Nagar Parish: Thirupurampiam, Swamimalai, Asoor, Jabamalipuram Chinnamalkallari and Perumpandi. The Precious Blood Fathers were invited to participate in this Holy event. Holy Mass was celebrated after Stations. The people were taken up by the inspiring thoughts, “This is a season of grace all over the world and Lent is a time to renew our relationship with God and neighbor”. Fr. A. John Bosco, the parish priest, thanked him and urged the people to make a good confession during Lent. The liturgy was animated by Fr. Vincent, Bro. Kalaikovan, Srs. Christy and Julie. Parish groups such as Legion of Mary, Guanellian Lay Movement, Parish Council Members, and the parishioners also attended. Tea and snacks were served.
Kumbakonam – It was a great joy for our Parish to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Periyanayagi in Perumpandi. The feast began on January 21st with flag hoisting and solemn Mass celebrated by Msgr. A. Amirthsamy, Vicar General, Kumbakonam. Each day of the novena the Rosary was prayed followed by Mass celebrated by diocesan and religious priests. During the homily, the priests shared their reflections on Mother Mary and the virtues that must be learned from her. Each day snacks or lunch was shared by the participants. Celebrants included: Fr. A. Anandhan, Sdc; Fr. Justin Sudhakar, OCD; Fr. Felix Samuel; Fr. Ligory, Sdc; Fr. Suresh, OCD and Fr. Kulandainathan. The culmination of the celebration was on January 28th. Fr. A. Soosai Rathinam, Sdc, Provincial Superior, presided over the solemn Mass and blessed the car procession which carried the statue of Our Lady of Periyanayagi throughout the streets of the substations. On the following day Fr. Vincent, SdC celebrated the Holy Mass and lowered the flag ending the celebration. A finer note to be mentioned is that many Hindus and Muslims also participated; offering candles and even generous contributions for the success of the Feast. Every day Bro. Kalai Kovan, Sr. Christy and Sr. Kumari were helping the people to animate the liturgy well. The fabulous guidance of Rev. Fr. A. John Bosco, SdC, the parish priests and tireless work of the village leaders made this celebration successful.