CELEBRATING YOUTH FEST- INM – 20.08.2016

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The all awaited Youth Fest 2016 commenced at Auxilium College, Katpadi on the 20th August 2016. ‘Blessed are the Merciful, for they will receive mercy’ was the theme. Around 550 catholic youth came together to celebrate the youth fest focused on faith and mercy.

INM -Youth in joyful mood

INM -Youth in joyful mood

INAGURATION OF THE YOUTH FEST:

At 9.00 am the young people from all the houses of our Province along with the youth pastoral coordinators gathered in front of the college chapel carrying coloured balloons in the hand and different coloures of scarf around the neck – it was a feast to the eye. The inauguration of the youth fest was facilitated by Sr. Savariappan Irin Novila from Auxilium home. The chief guest Sr. Soosai Magnificat, the Provincial declared the Youth Fest open by flying of the balloons in the air, followed by the solemn procession with band, and the escort.

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The programme started with the theme song on Mercy. The fest began with a short meaningful prayer service on Merciful face of Jesus which was guided by Sr. Joseph Victoria Mary. After the prayer service Sr. Chinnappan Gracy Fatima the Province Youth Pastoral co coordinator welcomed the Dignitaries of Youth Festival-2016 and the gathering and wished them the very best for the day.

The introductory talk was given by Mother Provincial Rev. Sr. Soosai Magnificat who spoke about the significance of Mercy in today’s world and encouraged youth to spread this message of Mercy through simple gestures.

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PANEL DISCUSSION:

The panel discussion was co-ordinated by Sr. Antony Nirmala Rani. The panelists were Rev. Fr. David Mariaselvam Sdb, the Asst. Director in Deepika, Rev. Sr. Jeyaseeli Ambrose, Mrs. Amutha, the Lecturer from Auxilium College, Miss.Josephine, Past Pupil from Brodway and Miss. Francila,  Past Pupil from  Mary Immaculate Convent, Tirupatur.

Father David explained the Mercy of God the Father through the beautiful prayer of Jesus “The Our Father”. He put into nut shell with six points: Identity, Sanctity, equality, Providence, tolerance and prudence. Sr. Jeyaseeli  spoke on ‘The merciful face of Jesus is Youthful’; Mrs. Amutha on ‘God’s mercy in the families and in the society’; Miss. Josephine on ‘God’s mercy in my life’; Miss Francila on ‘Experiencing God’s Mercy through faith, obedience, forgiveness and Penance’. Sr.Josephine Rani Susai, the General coordinator of the Provincial Team, chaired the session and made a beautiful synthesis of all the talks and concluded with the message “Let us reveal the merciful face of the Father in all our dealings with the parents, elders and with one another in the society”.

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After the break there was reconciliation service and the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It was indeed a moment of grace flowing in to the heart of so many young people. There were 10 priests who were available to offer this Sacrament of Reconciliation. This was followed by a group discussion where the youth came up with new ideas on how to implement Mercy in their daily lives with their concrete action plan. The presentation of the group work was coordinated by Sr. Kanikaraj Tamizharasi. At 4.45 p.m. we gathered for the meaningful Eucharistic Celebration. Fr.Paul Raj Sdb and Fr.David Mariaselvam Sdb were the main celebrants for the Eucharistic banquet. During the Sermon Fr.Paul Raj Sdb enlightened us that God’s mercy can be experienced only through love not by beauty, position or possession.

The culmination of the day was the cultural extravaganza.  The youngsters creatively showcased their performances to entertain all of us. Variety of events in the domain of Music, Folk, Western & Fusion Dances, and Choreography brought delight to everyone. There were also presentations of skits on various ways of being Merciful which gave the youth a practical demonstration in practicing mercy through their hospitality, care and generosity. Each performance was breath-taking.

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It was a wonderful platform for the youth from various places to come together and celebrate God’s mercy. We express thanks to Sr. Samala Amalorpavam, the animator of Auxilium College, and the community who hosted the Annual youth fest 2016.

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God bless you dear Sr.Chinnappan Gracy Fatima Youth Pastoral coordinator, the local youth pastoral coordinators and Sr.Susai Josephine Rani, the General co coordinator, for the time taken to plan and organize this  great event to encounter  the youth  and giving them the Spiritual Experiences to share the mercy and love of Jesus. God bless you all!

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A special thanks to our beloved Mother Provincial Sr.Soosai Magnificat who with her guiding presence encouraged us and made this Mega Event, a great success. Her presence among the young the whole day long till the end was a clear expression of her love for the young and the unction of Da mihi animas of Don Bosco and Maria Mazzarello.

Sr.Joseph Jackuline Anthony, INM

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Perpetual Profession and Jubilee Celebrations

The Shillong Province witnessed the Perpetual Profession and the Jubilee of Religious Profession of the Sisters at the Divine Parish Church Nongthymmai on 5 August 2016.

IMG_0740The four Sisters who made their Perpetual Profession were led to the altar by the Provincial and accompanied by their parents. They carried in their hand a pink rose which symbolizes the beauty and fragrance of their life of fidelity to the Lord. While the Jubilarians had a lamp in their hands, symbol of self-offering. The main celebrant was Most Rev. Thomas Menamparampil SDB, Apostolic Administrator of Jowai Diocese with 12 priests as concelebrants. In his reflection, he shared the thought of Pope Francis on “Waking Up the World”. The Prelate IMG_0787emphasized that religious should be generators of joy where it is absent especially in a painful situation.

The function also witnessed the fidelity of Sr. Lina Mary Kharjana and Sr. Provina Lyngkhoi who celebrated their Golden Jubilee and Sr. Ethleda Laloo and Sr. Gemma Phyllei who celebrated their Silver Jubilee of their IMG_0818Religious Profession. While congratulating them, the Archbishop reminded them that a jubilee celebration is on occasion of re-offering of their life to the Lord. The Perpetually Professed Sisters reminiscing the goodness of the Lord burst forth the Magnificat in thanksgiving for all God has done to them.   IMG_0979

After the celebration of the Holy Eucharist all gathered at Auxilium Convent for a sumptuous family meal.

 

13 New Members to Shillong Province

13 young women pledge their life to work for the education of youth through the First Religious Profession on 5 August 2016 at Mary Our Help Training Centre, Bellefonte – Shillong. “ I have loved you with a love everlasting, so I have kept for you my mercy” was the theme that accompanied the sisters in making their self-gift to the Lord.IMG_0408

The solemn rite of religious profession began with an offering of their daughters by the parents who accompanied them to the altar. The 13 sisters hail from the 7 dioceses of the Northeastern States. The Holy Eucharist was presided over by Rev Fr. George Maliekel Sdb, Provincial of Shillong Province concelebrated by 27 Priests.

In his homily the celebrant shared his reflection beautifully on the call of God. He said that the Lord has found each of them worthy and He will accompany them till the end of their IMG_0590life. He is counting on them to make the world a better place

The Sisters made their first profession in the hands of Sr. Isabella Suja, the Provincial and witnessed by Sr. Ethelda Laloo who celebrates her silver years of religious profession and Sr. Celestina Phawa, a missionary in South Sudan.IMG_0573

The celebrant presented the Crucifix and the Constitutions to the newly professed, the former as the sharing in the Paschal mystery of Christ and the latter as a rule of life. Expressing their joy they voices out a meaningful hymn IMG_0584based on their theme.

This solemn function was witnessed by many of the relatives of the Sisters and the young people who have come from different institutions of the Province.

Vestition of thirteen Novices at Bellefonte Shillong

In the afternoon of 3 August 2016, thirteen young women entered the first step of religiousIMG_0175 life as Novices through a simple yet meaningful prayer service at the Immaculate Heart Novitiate Bellefonte – Shillong.

The service began with an acting out in the square of the Bellefonte Campus. There, the IMG_0170second year novices depicted a scene wherein people of various walks of life boasted about their position and power but finally the true treasure was found in Jesus himself, the source of life. The gathering then proceeded to the chapel for the remaining part of the service.

Sr. Isabella Suja, Provincial called each one by name to which they responded, “Here I am IMG_0190Lord”. The candidates expressed their desire to know the constitutions and their readiness to live the salesian way of life. During her talk, Sr. Isabella spoke on the way how a clay is being moulded to emerge a beautiful vessel. The novice habit and medal vested on them are the two external signs of IMG_0203their detachment of the world and their belongingness to the Institute. The Provincial then entrusted these novices to the Novice Mistress who will accompany them in their vocational journey; to assume the qualities and lifestyle of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

The Novice Mistress Sr. Rosa Pyngrope while accepting the new novices to her care and IMG_0248guidance asked the assembly to bless them while they all together fervently prayed “A Hail Mary”. The IMG_0247programme concluded with felicitations and tea party.

Present for the occasion were the Vice Provincial, Sr. Marvella Shangpliang and the Sisters from the nearby communities of Shillong. IMG_0174     IMG_0219