Feast of St. Anne

Kumbakonam – Guanella Nagar Parish celebrated the feast of St. Anne in the substation Santhanalpuram with great joy. The feast began on July 18th with a flag hoisting and solemn Mass celebrated by Fr. A. Antoine, parish priest of Mathur. The homily was preached by Deacon Martin, SJ, in which he said that the parents of our Mother Mary were simple people of great hope. Each day of the novena, the Rosary was prayed, Sacrament of Reconciliation was offered and then the Holy Mass was celebrated by different priests from the Diocese of Kumbakonam. Day seven was a special devotion to St. Paul the Hermit. Fr. S. Felix Samuel, Trust Director of Kumbakonam, gave a reflection on reconciliation, peace and unity that God alone can give. After Holy Mass there was a music program and a fellowship meal was provided for more than two thousand people. Devotees came from many different places.
The culmination of the celebration was on July 25th. Msgr. A. Amirthasamy, Vicar General of Kumbakonam, presided over the High Mass and blessed the car procession which followed. The statue of St. Anne was taken around the streets of all the substations. On the following day, Fr. Philip Santiagu, Procurator of Kumbakonam, celebrated the feast day Mass and in his reflection said, “We thank our grandparents for their prayer and good example.” The flag was lowered officially ending the celebration.

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.