The 22nd of August is a red-letter day at the Mission here. It was a day well organized and meticulously executed, with attention to detail that befits a day such as this. The day began with a Solemn High Mass offered by Fr. Karl Stehlin assisted by Frs. Therasian & Hattrup. The altar looked heavenly with beautifully decorated flowers and bore as usual the mark of labour and love. During Holy Mass, the superior’s sermon stirred in our hearts a great sense of gratitude as he reminded us of the many graces the Mission received from the Immaculate Heart. A very moving sermon indeed!
It brought us great joy that Miss. Geetha entered her postulancy today to try her vocation with the Reparation Sisters of the Immaculate Heart. A fitting day indeed! Needless to say, the Mission was happy to have this grace as we celebrated the feast of our Blessed Mother.
Looks like today was a day of many blessings, another joyful event of the day was Fr. Rajadurai’s long awaited departure to Iloilo. Father, who has been away from the Society, has retraced his way to us thanks to the intercession of the Queen of the Clergy.
At 10 AM, there was a farewell party organized by the Veritas Academy on a modest scale (modest in a subjective sense) The children enacted a play on the life of St. Pius X in honour of our beloved District Superior, though the stage and the most of the things used had to be improvised for the day, we were happy to have had the opportunity to express our gratitude to him for all that he has done for us. We trust that our sincerity and goodwill more than compensated for what was necessarily lacking in external manifestations.
As we look back at how things unfolded today, we cannot but render thanks to Our Lady for all the graces She has bestowed on us today and we wish Father Stehlin God’s choicest blessings as he soon heads “more” austere and cold weather of Eastern Europe.
Fr. Therasian Babu