From the desk of the Parish Priest...
Dear Parishioners,

       What a heart- warming sight it is to see our little children around the image of Infant Mary, with baskets of flowers in hand, singing joyously those traditional Marian Hymns!

     We celebrate the birthday of our Heavenly Mother this very special month of September. Leading up to the climax on the 8th we have children along with their family members taking an active part in the week-long Novena.

   And then we have little ones in procession every day, showering flowers, in what is an age-old custom of Parishes in our Diocese. On the feast day their glee has no bounds as they collect their sugarcane!

      Mary is the centre of the celebration. Her birth brought joy to mankind because the long-awaited Saviour of mankind would be born to her. Heaven and earth rejoice in this birth.

    Associated with this feast is our Diocese we have many traditional celebrations such as, the Harvest Festival, Family Get-togethers around a vegetarian meal, and the preparation of ‘Vorn’ to which is added the blessed new grain or the grain is crushed in milk or coconut juice and shared. If a family member is in abroad the blessed grain is mailed to them. This is touching and powerful reiteration to strengthen family bonds. Many a broken family has been re-united on this day: this is the spiritual strength of this feast!

   Understandably celebrations sometimes end up with external and unconnected rituals. But a feast to celebrate the birthday of Mary should benefit us spiritually, bring us closer to Jesus, and bring the family closer together.

      The family is a domestic Church, a Church within a Church. Let us put aside our differences, identify our strengths and work for the welfare of the family. Mary is Mother of all Christian Home. She will intercede with her Son for us, and provide the Graces required to make our family a Holy Family.

       Wishing you all a Happy Monthi Fest!


Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12-14 

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