Kumbakonam – The priests, sisters and parishioners of Divine Providence Parish went on a pilgrimage during Lent. Early Saturday morning, April 1st, the pilgrims departed in two buses heading for Kalpattu. Upon arrival, they ate breakfast and prayed the Way of the Cross. Mass was celebrated at St. Paul the Hermit’s Church before journeying towards Villianur. At the Immaculate Sister’s Convent, the sisters provided the pilgrims with a meal before going to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine for personal prayer and the Rosary. The next stop of the spiritual journey was at Sacred Heart Church for an opportunity to purchase Holy articles such as Rosaries, rings and prayer books. Cuddalore Silver Beach was chosen for an evening in nature and a meditative walk. After relaxing at the beach, the pilgrims headed toward home stopping in Meensurutti for tea and vadai. Through the intercession of St. Paul the Hermit and Our Lady of Lourdes, it was a joyful and spiritual experience for all of the pilgrims.
Cuddalore – Twelfth and tenth level students of the boys home along with the director Fr. George and Vice Director Fr. Kanikkai went on pilgrimage to Villianur and other parts of Pondy. There they prayed for all the students preparing to write their public exams and for themselves too. After visiting all the churches, they went to the beach for some relaxation. There they played a game and enjoyed themselves before returning home.
Cuddalore – Saint Louis Guanella had a great devotion to Mother Mary, few days after his feast the college brothers made their pilgrimage to our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Villianur. This pilgrimage began the morning of October 28th; leaving by bicycle from St. Joseph’s seminary after a prayer and blessing. It took three hours to reach the Shrine where they spent some time in personal prayer and adoration before joining other pilgrims to pray the rosary. Fr. Amalorpavanathan celebrated the holy Eucharist in which some lay pilgrims also joined the celebration. In the homily he taught that mother Mary is a model for the religious life and of obedience to the will of God with a humble heart. Prayers were offered for the holy church, the growth of Guanellian congregations, for the intentions of the major and local superiors, personal conversion and vocations. After lunch in a park nearby, the pilgrimage ended by relaxing on the beach.