Kurji Parish Bubbling with Various Activities
The months of May and June have been a time of grace and joy for Kurji Parish. May 22 was a grace filled day for 27 boys, 29 girls, their families and the parish when these children received the Eucharistic Lord for the first time in the Holy Communion during a concelebrated Eucharist. There were 12 priests at the altar. All these children assembled before the Church by 5.30 a.m. in white attires alongside their parents. During his sermon, Fr. Johnson, the Parish Priest reminded the children to meet the risen Lord in the Eucharist each time they received the Holy Communion. The children underwent a month long preparation under the able guidance of Fr. Dominic Francis Xavier, SJ, who was assisted by six lay persons. After the Holy Eucharist each child and the parents were given breakfast in the Archbishop Benedict J. Osta Memorial Community Hall. Certificates and gifts were distributed to all these children.
The whole month of May, dedicated to Mother Mary, was celebrated by organizing Holy Rosary and Mass in the various ‘Tolas’ of the Parish. The concluding celebration was with a Rosary Procession from the Grotto going around the church and concluded with the Holy Eucharist. The Nava Yuvak Sangh of the Parish cleaned the pathway of the procession and carried the statue of our Lady during the procession and the Mahila Sangh led the Rosary.
The feast of the most Sacred Heart Jesus was celebrated on Friday, June 03. We have been preparing ourselves with a novena to the Sacred Heart. The jubilee and vows of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart added color to the feast day. Archbishop William D’Souza, SJ was the main celebrant of the Mass in which Bishop Sebastian Kallupura, bishop of Buxar, Bishop John B. Thakur, SJ, bishop emeritus of Muzaffarpur and thirty priests were present. Rev. Sr. Cyril celebrated her Diamond Jubilee and 5 others had their Golden. 8 sisters made their final commitment in the congregation and 7 sisters pronounced their first vows during the Holy Eucharist that evening.
June 19 was another graceful day for us. 29 girls and 11 boys of our parish were confirmed by His Grace William D’Souza, SJ during a concelebrated Mass in the morning. There were nine priests along with the Archbishop at the altar. This time too Fr. Dominic and three lay people prepared the children for the sacrament. At the end of the Mass Fr. Dominic, who is going to do his M.A. in Mumbai, was given farewell, who served the parish during the last one year. Archbishop honored those children who secured first, second and third places in the Sunday Catechism exams conducted during the last academic year.