The first of March… GOLDEN JUBILEE of the pontifical approbation of our beloved Congregation was a red letter day, for all of us Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of the Region of India
We prepared for it with a Tridium, three day prayer, specially written by Sr Antoinette, so all of us prayed together from our different communities and it culminated with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on the First! A GREAT AND JOYOUS DAY INDEED !!!
As it is the jubilee year, we plan to have celebrations right through the year in our different mission stations
The first celebration , was of course in SURAT and that too in the PARVATIBAI LEPROSY HOSPITAL , the first mission….,it was here that our sisters first arrived on the 11th feb,1951….
Sr Dev Kripa, welcomed the people and then followed a short prayer service, with a deeply meaningful prayer from the Rigveda, and prayers for the Church, our missions, the people of
and for vocations …. Surat
There was a beautiful prayer dance by the little inmates of the Parvatibai Leprosy Hospital, these little ones are the children of leprosy sufferers, who are not very welcome in the local schools, so we have a recognized primary school in the Leprosy Hospital itself, and the children stay with us ,as boarders, most of them are intelligent and are doing very well, thanks to their teachers, who are girls from our Vyara Mission .
All the Sisters in Surat worked really hard .They prepared an exhibition of our missions, our communities, and our works with photos and articles of the art and culture of the villages, also a power point showing the first days when the sisters went by bullock cart as there were no buses or other means of transport and of course our missions today!…
We were fortunate to have Sisters Eunice Mascarenhas of Bandra, who is here on a family visit…..She has been for the last thirty years or more in Colombia and Sr Shobha of Vasai who is in Haiti,, the two of them showed us power points of Colombia and Haiti and shared with us their experience in these missions…Sr Jacinta of Surat, who has been in the jungles of Peru for fifteen years, also regaled us with her experiences and a power point presentation.
She is now in the new mission of
The families of our two Surti sisters…Jacinta and Angelina ,and also all the old residents of Surat, who were children then and are now well placed in life, thanks to the education given by us in our school, were present
The piece de resistence, of the day, however was the honouring of our one and only spaniard left in India, none other than Sr Asunta Sanz……She has been sixty years in India, twenty five of which were spent, loving and caring for the inmates of the Leprosy Hospital . She has also worked in the villages of Vyara, staying alone for months on end…
On this day we took the opportunity of showing our gratitude, also that of the leprosy sufferers, for whose spiritual and physical needs she worked so hard .We garlanded her and thanked her for her fidelity to the Lord and the Congregation
Then as some simple snacks were served we chatted and joked with the people, recalling old times and took them to the Exhibition Hall, Later we sisters spent an enjoyable time, dining and just being together…..Thus ended a really Happy Feast Day !!!
A D MULTOS ANNOS !!!
Sr. Antoinette. Fonseca mscj