Vellore Diocese Vellore Diocese -Pastoral Message
Pastoral Message - June 2019
Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus!
Month of May might have brought certainly the blessings of our Mother in abundance as we have celebrated the May Devotion at various levels in our parishes. Also VBS classes might have enriched and enlightened our children in Biblical knowledge. I, in the name of our bishop appreciate all the parish priests and the teachers for their wonderful service.
The diocesan Shrine Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Chetpet witnessed abundant of God’s blessings as the people flocked together in multitude on 7 and 8 May involved themselves actively in prayer and procession to Madha Hill. On behalf of our beloved bishop I thank the parish priest, the leaders, parish council members, the religious, youth, Anbiyams and all those who worked for the success of the feast sincerely for their enormous effort that made the feast very solemn and congratulate them for the same.
Our bishop expresses his words of appreciation and congratulation to all our correspondents and Headmasters for the excellent results that they brought to our schools. At this juncture we thankfully remember all our teachers for their excellent service and the students for their hard work. A special word of appreciation and congratulation go to all our religious men and women who worked selflesslyfor the good result. As the new academic year begins we wish them all God’s wisdom and blessings. I would like to remind all the religious superiors and principals that the admission and concession to our Catholic children in our schools is mandatory.
Month of June witnesses both the feasts of St. Antony of Padua and Most Sacred Heart of Jesus respectively. St. Antony of Padua reminds us our zeal for the proclamation of God’s words and the devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Let us have the same zeal to take the word of God every nook and corner. Let St. Antony pray for us. The feast of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus reminds us the bountiful mercy of God the Father. It flows from the pierced heart of Jesus. Let us be kind and merciful to all specially to the poor and the marginalized.
Month of June also is a month of transfers to our priests. Our bishop expresses his deep sentiments of thanks and appreciation to all our priests those who are transferred this year for their excellent and sacrificial ministry in their respective parishes and institutions. He also wishes them all good luck and God’s blessings in their new assignments.
Pope Francis has announced EXTRAORDINARY MISSIONARY MONTH OCTOBER 2019 (EMM OCT 2019) and inviting all to prayerfully plan and prepare for this special missionary celebration in the Universal Church. Our bishop has given below the translation of Pope’s letter and the plan of initiating this program at various levels throughout our diocese. All the parish priests are asked to read this letter in the church on Sunday 9 June, 2019 and prepare the people accordingly.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
+ Most Rev. Dr. P. Soundararaju, SDB
Bishop of Vellore