Fr. Varghese Kalapurakudy

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

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Drawing Near Jesus in His Month of the Sacred Heart

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.


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