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Jubilee Bells Chime At Bandel, Kolkata

By Fr. Samuel Mondol, SDB  - 1 Comments
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Kolkata, Oct. 3. The Jubilee of nine confreres recalling various milestones in their Salesian and Priestly life was celebrated with great joy and thanksgiving on October 2, 2013 at Bandel.

The following were the Jubilarians and their comemmorations: Diamond jubilee of Profession of Fr. George Alakulam and Fr. Sebastian Alancheril; Diamond jubilee of Profession and Golden Jubilee of Ordination of Fr. Albert Thottunkal; Golden Jubilee of Profession of Fr. Raphael Kuruthukulangara; Silver Jubilee of Ordination of Fr. John Puthiyedathuchalil, Fr. George Chempakathinal, Fr. Vadakel Siby and Fr. Nirmal Gomes; and Silver Jubilee of Profession of Fr. Kissun Tudu.
At 10 AM the Jubilarians accompanied by sixty concelebrants were led towards the altar with a beautiful tribal dance. Fr. Vice-Provincial introduced the Jubilarians to the congregation and welcomed everyone to the Eucharistic celebration.

During the homily, Fr. Provincial shared the reflections of Pope Francis to the clergy of Rome on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of his ordination. ''What made the Pope happy and proud was not the posts or offices he occupied but the fact that the Pontiff took pride in his priesthood'', commented Fr. Provincial. He also emphasized Pope's insistence to the clergy to be compassionate and merciful to the faithful while exercising pastoral ministry.

The felicitation programme at Don Bosco School auditorium commenced at 12.00 noon compered by Fr. V.C. George. The Jubilee theme song, ''For you I study, for you I work...'' melodiously sang by the pre-novices from Azimganj set the tone for the felicitation. The highlight of the cultural programme was the felicitation of the jubilarians by Fr. Provincial during which he appreciated the contribution of each one to the Salesian mission with their apostolic assignments projected on the Screen. Fr. Joseph Pauria representing North Bengal garlanded the celebrants with the Nepali khadda while many others offered garlands, bouquets and gifts as token of their appreciation. Numerous colourful items entertained the audience.

Fr. Nirmol Gomes, on behalf of all the jubilarians rendered the vote of thanks. He thanked the twin communities of Bandel for hosting the events. He recalled the hard work and efforts of parents, dear ones, past superiors and teachers in forming them.  He expressing immense gratitude to the Trinity, to the Blessed Mother and to St. John Bosco.

Thereafter, everyone was served a delicious meal at the seminary premises, behind the Fatima garden.
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October 04, 2013

That was a prompt news coverage... felt like, I was part of the event. Cheers to the reporter Fr Sam.

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