Young Oblates Gathering

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On 18th and 19th of April 2016 the young oblates gathered at the De Mazenod Scholasticate, Jaffna, for sharing their life and mission.

The special program was the blood donation camp in this Year of Mercy. The corporal acts of mercy was very well expressed by the charitable act of the young oblates.

Lively sharing of Dr. Sathiyamoorthi, the director of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, inspired the spirituality of the young oblates. 12990937_1081800688537283_2067961671258738029_n

The young oblates thank Rev. Frs. Anthonymuthu, OMI, Sosai Damian, OMI, the superior of the scholasticate and the scholastics for making the young oblate meeting a memorable event.

A New Priest for the OMI Province of Jaffna

Antony Xavier Amalraj,  omi, who completed his initial formation at the International Roman Scholasticate (IRS) while learning his theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome was ordained a priest on April 21, 2016, by Msgr. 13077078_1131841940200912_4404449459634804784_nJoseph Kingsley Swampillai, the Apostolic Administrator of Diocese of Mannar, Sri Lanka. The priestly ordination ceremony took place at St. Sebastian’s Cathedral, Mannar.

The newly ordained priest celebrated his first Mass at his own parish, viz., St. Antony’s Church, Muthaliyarkulam,  Vavuniya on April 24, 2016.

We wish that God may shower his choicest blessings on Fr. Amalraj.

A New Book Launch

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The Roots of God’s Mercy

In this Year of Mercy a new book viz. IRAKATHIN VERGAL (the roots of God’s mercy), is written in Tamil language by Rev. Dr. Stany Antony, O.M.I.

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  1. The first part reflects over the present challenges of the kingdom values in today’s context. It challenges the existing Christian living where the Church has to become more cultic rather than “Church on the street” as Pope Francis wants it to be. 

  2. The second part explains the roots of mercy in the light of biblical, theological and pragmatic perspectives.

This book is very much received by the readers as it is relevant to this current Year of Mercy. It contains 100 pages and 1000 copies are in circulation.

Highlight of the Third Year of Oblate Triennium

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Underlining the 3rd year of Oblate Triennium: Mission, Vow of Obedience and Evangelii Gaudium the Preaching Band Community at Amaithy Aham, Vavuniya has organized mission preaching. There were two miss12804735_1719619534948411_5675810537650709548_nion preaching during lent at two parishes, viz. Komarasangkulam – Calvary, St. Joseph’s Parish, Thalvupadu in the diocese of Mannar. And there will be another mission preaching at Allaipiddy parish, in the diocese of Jaffna during the month of May.

The theme of the mission preaching at St. Joseph’s Thalvupadu parish was “Be merciful as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). There were lots of cooperation from the parish priest, parish council, parish community, the Sisters of the Holy Cross of Menzingen at Thalvupadu  and the Oblates, working in the diocese of Mannar.

The mission programmes were:

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  • Eucharistic Rally; KadalPozhivugal (preaching and blessing the sea shore)

  • Seminars for Parents

  • Seminars for Youth and Children

  • Preaching the Word of God and the Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The mission preaching came to its completion on the 19th of March, the Feast of St. Joseph, the Patron of the Parish Community. The provincial superior, presided over the festive mass. 

 

Thanks  AmathiAham Community

Youth Empowerment Center

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On the 17th of March 2016 the Provincial Superior of Jaffna laid the foundation stone for Youth Empowerment Centre. Since the project-land at Arialai was bought by late Fr. Patrick Gananapragasam OMI, it was deemed fit to lay the foundation on the day of his paternal feast, viz. feast of St. Patrick. This project is co-financed by HAVONOS and WILDE GANZEN from Holland. The aim of this project is to impart “purpose” in the life of today’s youth who need formation and animation.

(Thanks Yazhathoni)

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