|Fr Provincial’s visit to the United Kingdom: Sept 2 – 15, 2017
Wembley and Wales are the places where our Fathers, John Menonkari, Joseph Kaduthanam, Tebin Puthenpurackal and Johnson Kattiparampil work in the UK. Our Provincial, Fr Sebastian Chamathara, visited our brethren and the respective Bishops of Westminster and Wales. He also met the Bishop of Scotland where our late Fr Martin Vazhachira worked.
New Members to the Canonical Novitiate: Sept 8, 2017
The day of the Nativity of Our Lady, 8th September, 2017 was a day of joy to Nirmalgiri Novitiate when 11 postulants commenced their Canonical Novitiate reminding our 11 first fathers. Rev Fr Justin Puthenpurackal CMI preached a retreat for five days prior to the ceremony. The entrance ceremony started with a solemn Liturgy. The Vicar Provincial, Fr Sony Palathra, was the main celebrant. Fr Robin Anandakkattu, the councillor for Finance, Fr Jose Poovattil, Rector, Fr John Pallithuruthil, aspirants’ Rector and Fr Thomas Thekkethalackal concelebrated. Rev Fr Tomy Kattampally delivered a befitting homily on the occasion.
The ceremony was well attended by many CMI priests and brothers. There were also many nuns and faithful of nearby parishes attending the ceremony. This was followed by the publication of the book ‘Saintly Malpan Thomas’ edited by Bro Chris Padiyara. The day was concluded with a sumptuous lunch.
Major superiors’ Meeting - Dharmaram: 28 Sept – 1 Oct, 2017
Fr Provincial attended the Major Superiors Meeting and the meeting of the Superiors with the Staff of the Major Study Houses held at Dharmaram College Bangalore from 28th September 2017 to 1st October 2017.
Educational Summit – Bangalore: 30 Sept – Oct 2, 2017
CMI Education Summit was held in Christ University, Kengery Campus, Bangalore, from September 30 to October 2, 2017. Prof. John Varghese, Principal, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi gave the keynote address on the Mission of Christ. Rev. Fr. Sebastian Thekkedathu, Rev. Fr. Ignasi Muthu SJ, Rev. Fr. Saji Varghese SDB, Sir Guilherme Vaz, Prof L. M. Prasad and Mrs. Diana Joseph presented papers on relevant themes. 150 CMI educators attended the program apart from the Major Superiors, General Council team, and the Rectors of Major Study Houses.
Fr James Mullassery, councillor for Education and Media, Fr Sony Palathra, Joseph Anithottam, Kurian Chalangady, Bino Pattarkalam, Jacob Purakary, Antony Valekalam, Rajesh Kavalackal and Joseph Chennattussery attended the summit. Congratulations to Fr Thomas Chathamparampil, the VC of Christ University under whose guidance the programme sailed smoothly.
Jubilee year of the parish church - Chethipuzha: Oct, 2017 – Sept, 2018
The Golden Jubilee of the foundation of the Sacred Heart Parish, Chethipuzha, was inaugurated with the Holy Mass on October 1, 2017. The vicar, Fr Sebastian Attichira, was the main celebrant of the Holy Mass con-celebrated by 30 priests who worked in the parish before. Archbishop of Changanacherry, Mar Joseph Perumthottam, lighted the lamp inaugurating the ceremony at the graceful venue of the forth Chethipuzha Thiruhrudaya Convention. Rev Fr Mathew Naikkamparampil and Bro Santhosh Karumathra were the preachers at the five-day convention. The convention was a blessing to the people from far and wide.
The Jubilee logo was designed by Fr Tinto Pulinchuvallil was unveiled at the inaugural ceremony.
New OP at St Rita’s Hospital - Nalukody: 12 Oct, 2017
A dream of St Rita’s Hospital Nalukody has realised on 12 October, 2017, when Rev Fr Sebastian Chamathara CMI, our beloved Provincial did the blessing and inauguration of the New O.P. Block. On that day we started the Ultra Sound Scan, Echo Doppler, Digital X-Ray services for the Hospital. We have a few more programmes like De-addiction Ward and Palliative Care Unit to be introduced immediately. We are coming across a new life in the Hospital, because of the special blessings from Our Lord Jesus, St Chavara Kuriakose Elias Chavara and St Rita, the patron of the Hospital. The local people have already noticed the changes that are taking place in our Hospital under the effective support from our Province. All our fathers are co-operating with us sincerely.
Conclusion of the Golden Jubilee . . . St. Mary’s Church - Kaliyal: 15 Oct, 2017
The concluding ceremony of the Golden Jubilee was on 15th October 2017 with Solemn Divine Liturgy by Rev. Fr. Sebastian Chamathara CMI our Provincial and Provincial Councillors and the former Vicars. The public meeting was at 6 pm in the St. Mary’s Central School campus. Mar George Rajendran SDB, the Bishop of Thuckalay inaugurated the meeting. Rt. Rev. Dr. Jeromedhas Varuvel SDB, the Bishop of Kuzhithurai was the Chief Guest. Rev. Fr. Provincial presided over the meeting. Rev. Fr. Saju Chakkalackal CMI, Very Rev. Fr. Antony Elamthottam CMI, the general councillors, Very Rev. Fr. Jose Muttathupadam the Vicar General of Thuckalay Diocese, Very Rev. Fr. Sunny Mathew, the Chancellor of Marthandam diocese, Rev. Sr. Viji CMC, the Provincial and Rev. Fr. Mathew Anthiankulam CMI felicitated on the occasion. Rev. Fr. Tinu Kottackaparambil CMI, the Vicar welcomed the gathering and Mr. Augustine, Jubilee Committee Convenor thanked all. Congratulations to Rev Fr Augustine Thottanani who was the former vicar and Tinu Kottackapparampil and team who worked behind to reap the fruit of success.
Blessing of New Chapel - Maranaloor: 12 Oct, 2017
A cosy new chapel built at Maranalloor College was blessed by Fr Provincial on 12th October. Congratulations to Frs Titto Vallavanthara and Joshy Mayamparampil who work day in and day out at their apostolate of education, looking after the students in the hostel, cultivation and procurement of surrounding vegetation in the beautiful campus. The ceremony was very well attended by almost all members of the zone.
Provincial visiting USA and Ecuador: 17 Oct – 10 Nov, 2017
Fr Provincial is on his visit to our brethren in the US and Ecuador. He will visit Fr Philip Pazhayakari, Joseph Kallookalam, Sebastian Kallarackal, Joseph Kuzhichalil, Job Edathinattu and Lijo Pathickal in Louisiana Diocese. Mammachan Puthenveedu and George Thirumangalam also will be visited in the diocese of Texas and Fr Abraham Vallayil in New York.
In the second lap of his visit he will meet Fr Seby Shan Chullickal, Libin Kariyil and Jojo Pathinezhilchira who are working in Ecuador.
Fr Sebastian Palathra CMI (78) was called to eternal rest on the early hours of Wednesday 18 Oct, 2017. The mortal remains were brought from the open mortuary of St Rita’s Hospital, Nalukody by 7.00pm on Thursday and was kept for funeral wake all night at the chapel of Sanjoe Bhavan. The next morning, on Friday the first part of the funeral was led by Fr Sony Palathra CMI, the Vicar Provincial, at 7.45am. Bishop Simon Stock Palathra CMI officiated the second part of the ceremony in the church.
The third part of the ceremony was started with the Holy Mass at 10.30am. Fr Sebastian Thekkedath, the General Councillor for Education, was the main celebrant. He was assisted by the Frs Sony Palathra CMI, the Vicar Provincial, Antony Elamthottam, General Auditor, Sunny Poriath, Maternal Cousin of Fr Sebastian Palathra, Antony Edanadu, Thomas Choolaparampil, Thomas Kallukalam, Fr James Aerthayil and Bishop Simon Stock Palathra CMI. Fr Thomas Choolaparampil gave a befitting message during the Holy Mass. Rev Bishop Tomy Tharayil, the auxiliary of Changanacherry, was the main celebrant of the final part of the ceremony. Many political leaders, especially, the former chief Minister, Ummen Chandy, a number of priests, nuns and hundreds of lay people attended the graceful ceremony.
The funeral ceremony was very well organised and executed under the leadership of Fr Sebastian Attichira, the Prior of S. H. Monastery, Chethipuzha; Congratulations to Sacred Heart Community, Chethipuzha.