Dimapur, February 2: Thousands of believers from different parishes of Nagaland converged at Holy Cross Church Dimapur today for a solemn Eucharistic celebration with Rev Dr James Thoppil, Bishop of Kohima Diocese as the main celebrant. The Eucharistic celebration also concluded the three days 36th year convention of the Catholic Association of Nagaland (CAN).
In his homily, the Bishop said that people from different parishes coming together in this manner is really a boost to their faith. Expressing that we see the revelation of God in the mass, he said that it must become an encounter, a meeting of one another by which we experience the salvation of God.
Dwelling on the presentation of Jesus, which the Catholic Church celebrates today, he said every consecrated life is a commitment to live for God. ‘The temptation is always there to see things the worldly way, and the possibility of leading to loss of passion, sadness and distress’, he said but urged upon seeing the things of the world with the eyes of faith.
The Eucharistic celebration was also marked by entrance procession by the Zeliang Catholic Community, Dimapur and offertory procession led by St Francis De Sales Dhobinala. The newly elected CAN executive committee was also blessed and commissioned during the mass.
During the valedictory function, CAN appreciation to needy institutions carrying an amount of Rs 10,000 each was given to St. Xavier Minor Seminary, Jalukie, Missionaries of Charity, Rever Belt Colony and St. Joseph Children’s Home, Burma Camp.
Rev Dr James Thoppil, Bishop of Kohima Diocese recalled his association with CAN since many years ago while noting that CAN has grown, multiplied and that the fruits can be seen today with committed leaders who love the church, who love our people regardless of different tribal affiliations. He called upon the gathering to cultivate this oneness and unity and not only preach.
During the function, folk songs and dances were also presented by different tribal units.
(Page News Service)