Fr. Varghese Kalapurakudy

A country priest comes to Kakinada, finding joy with his people in Christ's Sacred Heart.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Feast of the Assumption and Independence Day


Angels accompany this Blessed Virgin Mary as
she is assumed into heaven, in a Feast of the
Assumption drama at Sacred Heart of Jesus
Mission in Kakinada.

"We have already bought the rice and groceries for the poor and 10 sarees for widows," wrote Fr. Varghese, several days before the August 15th Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

To honor "Mother Mary," wrote Father, faithful distributed these gifts to the needy, and were active with singing practice and creating a drama for the Assumption, featuring Mary with the angels. 

Mission youth worked, prayed and played together in the days leading up to the Assumption. They helped plan events and decorate, and kept the compound lively.




Bedecked with flowers...the Blessed Mother 
is honored inside the hall that serves as 
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.

Fr. Varghese's classmate, Fr. Vijay, came from Hyderabad to
celebrate the Feast of the Assumption Mass. Here, he is blessing
holy water for a baptism on that day.
The catechism children of the various grade levels
decorated little prayer altars to honor the blessed Mother.
Everything "went on well," wrote Fr. Varghese, shown here with Fr. Vijay, Missionaries of Charity, and Mariadalem (Legion of Mary) ladies from his parish.

On August 15th, all of India celebrates Independence Day, marking the day in 1947 that this land broke free of colonial power from England and established itself as a free and independent nation. So Assumption Day festivities included the presentation of the Indian flag and a flag-hoisting ceremony.


On the day after the Assumption, Archbishop Prakash Mallavarapu passed through on his way back to his residence in Visakhapatnam. He stopped for lunch at the Mission, visiting with Frs. Varghese, Baskhar and Vijay, the people, and the Missionaries of Charity down the street, who are loved members of Sacred Heart's community.

A Sacred Heart welcome.


Missionaries of Charity greet Archbishop Prakash
 Mallavarapu at their Kakinada residence.
"My soul doth magnify the Lord..."

2 comments:

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  2. 15 August is the most historic day in Indian history as the nation celebrates its Independence Day.
    India will celebrate its 71st Independence Day on August 15, 2017.
    Independence day quotes in telugu 2017

    ReplyDelete