Friday, February 1, 2013

MIRACLES AT RESURRECTION CHURCH  BLESSING / CONFIRMATION                                                                                                                       
On the 27th of January, 2013, fifty- one candidates; belonging to the Resurrection Church, Virar (East)              and the Mary, Help of Christians Church (Naigaon – East) received the Sacrament of Confirmation, administered by the Bishop of Vasai Diocese, His Grace Archbishop Felix Machado, in a solemn Eucharistic ceremony, concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Michael Fernandes, sdb, the Salesian Provincial of the Mumbai Province; and Rev. Fr. Orville Coutinho, sdb, the Parish Priest of the Mary, Help of Christians Church, Naigaon (East); Rev. Fr. Lawrence D’Souza, sdb, the Parish Priest of the Resurrection Church Virar (East) and Rev. Fr. Osborn Furtado, sdb, the Assistant Parish Priest of the Resurrection Church, Virar (East).  

After a warm welcome by the First Holy Communicants, the Parish Pastoral Council Members, the Eucharistic Ministers, the Catechism Teachers and the Salesian CoOperators, His Grace Archbishop Felix Machado and Rev. Fr. Michael Fernandes, sdb, proceeded to bless the newly – installed life – size statues of Mary, Help of Christians and St. John Bosco respectively.                                                                                                     The Church, most beautifully adorned with fresh  flowers, was packed to capacity and outdoor seating arrangements with a huge screen were provided for parishioners, who followed the service outside the Church.  In his homily, His Grace Archbishop Felix Machado dwelt on the analogy of the human body used by  St. Paul in his Letter to the Corinthians, ( 1. Cor. 12:12 – 30 )to drive home the message that each of us, plays, a vital role in the Church – no one should consider themselves insignificant as each of us contributes to keep up the vitality and the vibrancy of the Church, Christ being the Supreme head. The newly confirmed candidates were encouraged to always be actively united with the Church.         Fr. Lawrence D’Souza,sdb, expressed his gratitude to His Grace, Archbishop Felix Machado,  & the Salesian Provincial, Rev. Fr. Michael Fernandes, sdb, and the Catechists of the two Parishes. The Vice – President of the Resurrection Church Parish Pastoral Council Mr. David Castellino officially thanked our esteemed celebrants for the occasion.                                                                                                                                            After the Eucharist, a variety of home – made snacks and beverages were sold by our parishioners on the church grounds to satiate their hunger.                                                                                                                                                  We pray that with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the newly – confirmed candidates will experience in a special way the richness and the fullness of a grace – filled Christian life.