The month of the Sacred Heart in June was marked in Kakinada by prayer processions through the streets, with school children dressed as Jesus, blessing the crowd. A corps of priests and Archbishop Prakash Mallavarapu joined Fr. Varghese in celebrating 15 First Communions and 15 Confirmations at Sacred Heart Mission. The Archbishop blessed a new Marian shrine at the mission and Fr. Varghese hosted a special feeding of the poor.
Weather was mild and dry as faithful processed through Kakinada streets, bearing Jesus on a "palanquin" -- a hand-held litter indicating royalty.
Monsoon rains and brisk winds moved the outdoor Mass inside, however, and incurred extra costs of a rented generator when storms knocked out the power. A rented screen and projector was also needed to display the Mass to overflow crowds outside. The Mass was well-attended and reverent.