|Young helpers gather with Fr. Varghese to help|
prepare for the special Mass honoring Mary on the
last Sunday in October, the Month of the
|Young volunteers gathered at the mission's |
shrine to the Blessed Mother, constructed
with local stones.
Fr. Varghese and his people are deeply devoted to the Blessed Mother. A couple years ago, they gathered local stones and constructed a special shrine to Our Lady on Holy Family grounds. This October, the Month of the Holy Rosary, the missionary met with his faithful every evening to pray the Rosary. Because power outages were frequent, they often gathered in the light of kerosene lamps.
Around 320 people came to the October 27th Mass concelebrated by another missionary, Fr. Jacob. The readings and homily focused on the Blessed Mother. The people received their prayer slips, and a collection of yellow rice packets and tea was blessed by Fr. Jacob, and distributed after the Mass. People were grateful, since food post-cyclone has been scarce.
|These young men prepared a special niche for the |
Queen of Heaven, decorated with stars and a moon.
|Light piercing the darkness has special |
significance in an area where power
outages are a daily fact of life.
|The most solemn moment of the Mass, when daily|
worries shrink and the Lord becomes All.
|Receiving the Eucharist, what beloved |
Pope John Paul II referred to as
the "source and summit of life."
|Fr. Jacob blessed packets of yellow rice,|
distributed to faithful after the Mass.
|Rosary beads lead from the Blessed Mother's niche...|
and up toward heaven. (See below, right.)
|Faithful crowd in to receive their prayer slips|
|Rice is a precious staple to a people |
who eat it three times daily. Supplies
post-cyclone have been limited.
|Blessed by the gift of rice.|
|Mary, Queen of the |
Holy Rosary, pray for us!