Dimapur, May 27: The feast of Mary Help of Christians, the patroness of the Cathedral Church and the diocese of Kohima cum Sisterhood Day was celebrated on Sunday.
Most Rev. Dr. Gerald John Mathias, Bishop of Lucknow Diocese was the main celebrant and concelebrated by Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, Bishop of Kohima, Rev. Fr. Carolus Neisalhou, Vicar General, Fr. George Punnolil, Finance Administrator, Fr. Jacob Charalel, Chancellor, Fr. Jaison C J, Principal of St. Mary’s Cathedral school , Fr. Lawrence, NCYM Director and other Fathers.
Seventy Sisters participated in the celebration. 55 children received the sacrament of the first Holy Communion.
Bishop Gerald John Mathias gave a meaningful homily, which was based on the feast of the day, the Holy Trinity. He also congratulated the first communicants and the Sisters.
During the felicitation after the Holy Eucharist Bishop James Thoppil thanked all the Sisters all over the diocese for their dedicated and devoted services, even in the most remote areas. He assures them of the prayerful support to them.
There was a special song presented by the NCYM Choir and Catechism children.
Earlier the Parish Priest, Fr. Carolus accorded the words of welcome to Bishop Gerald John Mathias, Bishop James and Delegates of AICU, Sisters, parents of the first communicants, President and colloquies of the Catholic Association of Nagaland, Nagaland Catholic Women Association and Nagaland Catholic Youth Movement and all the invited guests.
Rev. Dr. Joy SVD, gave the recollection talk for the Sisters on Saturday, at Mount Tabor Retreat House, Kohima..Vilanuo Angela, President NCWA, who anchored the program, thanked the Sisters working in the diocese for their committed life and service.
A memento each was presented to sisters by the diocese and by the NCWA. Rev. Sr. Albina CMC, a representative from sisters thanked all organizing such a beautiful and meaningful program. (Page News Service)