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Archbishop pins his Hopes on Altar Boys for Vocations
By Fr. Joy Kachappilly SDB
Shillong, Aug. 27. Archbishop Dominic Jala of Shillong exhorted the altar boys to be 'regular for the Eucharist so that the seed of vocation can grow and mature' in them. The prelate was speaking at the thanksgiving Eucharist celebrated together with all priests and religious that hailed from Mawlai parish on 24th August 2014 at the Parish Church. The event, organized as part of the yearlong celebrations of the ongoing platinum jubilee of the parish, was an occasion to thank God for the 75 years of blessings together with the parishioners and the 16 priests and 53 religious nuns that hailed from its villages.
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His Grace Dominic Jala sdb, Archbishop of Shillong, himself a parishioner from Mawlai, reminded the gathering that many priestly vocations in the past came from among altar boys.  ''Many of the Priests now sitting in the sanctuary here were once altar boys assisting the Priests at the Mass,'' said the Archbishop.

While thanking God for the gift of vocation that He generously imparted to these men and women from the Parish, the Archbishop encouraged the present altar boys who are serving the Mass to join the Religious and Priestly life.  He advised them to be regular for the Eucharist so that the seed of vocation can really grow and mature in them.

Commenting on the Gospel reading, the Archbishop said that the Priests and Religious work together with the Bishops for the spiritual welfare of the Christians in the Church founded on the rock of St Peter.  ''Today, more than ever, we need to accept the authority of the Pope and heed to his teachings,'' he added.

After the Eucharistic celebrations, the faithful present in the Church honoured all the Priests and Religious by presenting them with mementos.  The programme concluded with a sumptuous meal prepared by the parishioners.

The Parish opened in 1939 by the Salesian missionaries has contributed to the Church 16 Priests and over 53 Religious Nuns who are ministering to the people in different parts of the world in various capacities.  There are also a number of candidates to the Priestly and Religious life under formation.

The yearlong Jubilee celebration was inaugurated on 27 October 2013 and it will conclude on 26 October 2014 with grand finale.


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