38th Common Juniorate Programme, 2024

14th March 2024 to 30th April 2024
Theme: “Consecrated to be joyful missionary disciple after the heart of Jesus”
“God’s dream that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness and for compassion”
by Desmond Tutu.

On the 16 of March, 2024, with a spirit of family of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, twenty-five young, vibrant and energetic Junior Sisters along with their formators from ten Provinces namely Amravati, Pune, Kolkata, Tenali, Angamaly, East Africa, Madurai, Guwahati, Sri Lanka and Trichy gathered for the 38th Common Juniorate Programme, 2024 at CHF, Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu.

This year Province of Amravati was the host to facilitate the whole programme. Sr. Mukta Parkhe, the junior mistress of Amravati welcomed the main celebrant Most Rev. Nazarene Soosai, the Bishop of Kottar, Sr. Fatima Kattar, the Province animator of Madurai and all the participants of great event. All were welcomed and honored with the culture of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

Sr. Fatima Kattar declared the 38th Common Juniorate programme open. With entrance dance by Sr. Celestina, all proceeded to chapel for the Holy Eucharist. Rev. Nazarene Soosai enlightened us through his soul stirring sermon, his main focus was on “Who is a Missionary Disciple”. He concluded it with a saying, “He who knows God, encounters Him and proclaims Him, is the missionary disciple”. He also quoted many verses of Pope Francis that is “wherever the Consecrated people are, there is joy”.

On the 16 of March, 2024, with a spirit of family of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, twenty-five young, vibrant and energetic Junior Sisters along with their formators from ten Provinces namely Amravati, Pune, Kolkata, Tenali, Angamaly, East Africa, Madurai, Guwahati, Sri Lanka and Trichy gathered for the 38th Common Juniorate Programme, 2024 at CHF, Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu.

This year Province of Amravati was the host to facilitate the whole programme. Sr. Mukta Parkhe, the junior mistress of Amravati welcomed the main celebrant Most Rev. Nazarene Soosai, the Bishop of Kottar, Sr. Fatima Kattar, the Province animator of Madurai and all the participants of great event. All were welcomed and honored with the culture of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

Sr. Fatima Kattar declared the 38th Common Juniorate programme open. With entrance dance by Sr. Celestina, all proceeded to chapel for the Holy Eucharist. Rev. Nazarene Soosai enlightened us through his soul stirring sermon, his main focus was on “Who is a Missionary Disciple”. He concluded it with a saying, “He who knows God, encounters Him and proclaims Him, is the missionary disciple”. He also quoted many verses of Pope Francis that is “wherever the Consecrated people are, there is joy”.

Sr. Mukta Parkhe conducted a prayer service and during prayer the portraits of our Founder Fr. Peter Mermier and Mother Foundress Claudine Echernier were honoured. The whole prayer was focused on theme of the year “Consecrated to be joyful missionary disciple after the heart of Jesus”. All were given lighted lamps to be offered as a self-offering to God. After the prayer service, Sr. Fatima Kattar, the Province Animator of Madurai addressed the whole gathering with her enlightened message to leave our comfort zone to serve the Lord in mission land.

An interesting and innovative ice-breaking session was conducted by Sr. Amalorpavam Louis, the Junior Mistress of Trichy.

Sr.Mukta Parkhe, the organizer explained the dynamics of 38th Common Juniorate Program’s goal, aim, and thrust. She invited the juniors to make an inward journey by maintaining silence throughout.

On 17 & 18 March, 2024, we were enlightened by the presentation of the ten provinces. Each presentation was very unique, well prepared and so capturing that held our full attention and involvement. Especially the presentation by the Province of Sri Lanka was soul stirring as they focused on sufferings of the civil war, economic crisis and bomb blast.

All the classes were oriented towards integral formation for Mission today. They were Spiritual, Psychological, Congregational and Ecclesial. We made our journey together as Pilgrims and Prophetess of Paschal Hope with a focus of becoming the heart of Jesus.

I. SPIRITUAL

“The purpose of Evangelical Vows as the Religious life is not a renunciation of the World; but a deeper immersion into the World as radical disciple of Jesus”

From 22 March, 2024 to 27 March, 2024, we had classes on the three vows on Obedience, Poverty and Chastity by Srs. Antonette Ponni, Lissy Joseph and Sr.Zeena D’Souza. Sr. Antonette Ponni in her class explained very well about the Church Document, Vita Consecrate. We were divided into three groups namely incarnation, temptation of Jesus and garden of Gethsemane to share about Obedience according to Jesus life as well as our life.

Sr.Lissy Joseph in her explained the three types of Poverty. She dealt on the case studies in a creative way. We were divided into five groups to read the case studies of various people and find solutions from the Rule of Life.

Sr.Zeena D’Souza discussed on four pillars in Consecrated life, such as Jesus – the person of Jesus, the Gospel message of Jesus, Consecration – belonging to Jesus and Holiness – being like Jesus. We were divided into groups to study the cases based on vow of chastity. Everyone was open enough to freely share their opinions and views. Some cases were really surprising and new to us.

Holy Week Inspirations

28 March, 2024, we had the sharing on “Paschal Mystery” lived by the junior sisters in their life. All the juniors were well prepared and true to their sharing. It was heart touching and moved us all in acceptance of one another in spite of their struggles in life.

We had a meaningful Holy Week celebration and a graceful way of the Cross. And we continued the Paschal sharing on 30th, March, 2024.It was a liberating experience after the sharing to celebrate Easter together.

On 31st March, 2024, we visited Vivekananda’s Rock,Vata Kottai Beach at Kanyakumari. We enjoyed our trip.

On 01st and 02nd March, 2024, Sr. Lisa Xavier, the junior mistress of Angamaly deepened our knowledge to live our community life more authentically. In the evening, we had the role play presentation by groups about different types of Community. They were- Restaurant Type, Cemetery type, Battlefield Type, Club Type and Ideal Type.

On 19, April,Sr. Pushpam Irudhayam, the First former Indian Mother General shared her insights on living the paschal Mystery joyfully in this shattered world.

“Life without Christ is like a tree without roots and a house without foundation”
On 20 & 21 April, 2024, we had our session on “Rooted and Grounded in Christ” by Sr. Savari Savarimuthu, from Guntur. She connected beautifully about the life circle of a butterfly to know God and be rooted in Christ.

II.CONGREGATIONAL

From 03 to 07 March, 2024, we had the class on “Spirituality of the History of our Congregation’ shared by Sr.Mukta Parkhe and Sr.Amalorpavam Louis. They enkindled in us to “set the tone” to the world, through Gospel presence and Prophetic action. Sr. Mukta Parkhe, explained about the French Revolution, three crises and its effects in the society and the Mission Expansion in France, India, Srilanka, USA, Peru etc.

“Courage and confidence God is with us”

Sr. Amalorpavam Louis dealt on “All the Superior Generals and the Life of Mother Veronica Pollien. At the end of the class, we came out with a beautiful enactment. On the final day, Srs. Specioza & Amalorpavam Louis continued with the Mission expansion of East Africa and Congo Cameroon. The class got over with Quiz, creative writing of poem and a common group sharing.

“The Centre of our spirituality is Christ crucified, the wisdom and the power of God”

From 08 March to 11 March, 2024, Sr. Bromodine Palokaran, the Provincial of Pune Province, enlightened us more on the topic “The Spirituality of the Sisters of the Cross and the Charism in view of the Kingdom”. She enlightened us more on the Kenotic spirituality of the Sisters of the Cross. On the last day, we were divided into five groups to read the circular of Mother Christiane Morand, who spoke about following the Lord with an undivided heart to be with the people of God who are in need of us.

As Sisters of the Cross, Paschal mystery makes the path for the growth and nourishment for our prayer life and for our mission. We also came to know the meaning of our Cross, Logo and Emblem.

On 12 April, 2024, we set our journey to visit the third gender at Kumaranputhur. We were helped by the couple Mr. Mirald and Mrs. Beaulah to meet them. It was a wonderful experience with them. We came to know about their difficulties, pain and mental agony that they go through due to the separation from their own family, lack of acceptance in the society and cruelties that are done to them. We had prayer and dinner with them

III.PSYCHOLOGICAL

From 13, April to 17 April, 2024, we had new session on “Psycho – Sexual – Spiritual Integration” by Rev. Fr. Micheal Augustine, priest of Sacred Heart of Jesus (SCJ).He dealt on the integration of the four elements of human person such as physical quotient (PQ), intellectual quotient (IQ), Emotional quotient (EQ) and Social quotient (SQ).He inspired us about the fourfold relationships namely Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Eco personal and Transpersonal. He also explained the difference between the sexuality and sex. The sessions were informative and reflective. We watched a documentary on “India’s Daughter” and reviewed the same.

IV. ECCLESIAL

From 19 March, 2024 to 21 March, 2024 Fr. Jerry Rosario, SJ, explained firstly the purpose of CJP and the importance of discernments, secondly Socio-Cosmic Mission and our response and finally the practical realties of present scenario and its issues. He also inspired us to be the channels of truth and gave awareness about the upcoming parliamentary election 2024.The main focus in his class were,7D’S of Discernment,10 J’s of Justice and personalizing three vows.

On 18, April, we had the session on “Fratelli Tutti” the encyclical letter by Pope Francis taken by Rev. Fr. Amirtha Raj, from the Diocese of Kottar. He explained about our world which has dark clouds of shattered dreams, lacking a plan and equal right for everyone as children of God, lack of individual effort for unity, a throwaway culture, insufficiently universal human rights, globalization and progress without a shared roadmap, absence of human dignity to the migrants which divide the society today.

“I am a Mission on Earth”-EG Para.273”

On 22 & 23 April, 2024, we had the session on “Mission Consciousness” by Sr. Fatima Kattar, the province Animator of Madurai Province. She came with a sharp objective of stirring the young the missionaries for the needs of the Congregation. Some of them responded positively.

On 26 April, we had the session on “Social Media and its addictions” by Sr. Selvi Soosai, the Principal of Holy Cross College, Nagercoil and “Constitutional Rights” by Dr.Regie from the same college. We were enlightened more on the Mass Media world and the richness of our Constitutional rights.

On 27 April, we had new session on “Leadership” by Sr. Anita Motha, the junior mistress of Madurai province. She brought out many great leaders of our times such as Malala, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Pope Francis, Mother Teresa and Bishop Oscar Romero. All these leaders had a dream not for themselves but for others. We were inspired to follow Christ Servant leadership. On 29 April,Sr.Mukta enlightened us on “Pastoral care and Evangelization”. It was indeed an eye opener for all of us.

FRUIT GATHERING AND THANKSGIVING

28 & 29 April, we were given time for interiorization to collect fruits of the virtues from this one and a half a month CJP. The sharing of the fruits gathering enriched one another. We thanked God for His abundant blessings, benevolences and graciousness during our blessed stay here in thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration.

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Semisonic

The 38th CJP get-together for intensive preparation profoundly deepened our understanding of our religious vocation, fostered connections with larger family of SCC, and cultivated a sense of peace and harmony within ourselves. Through engaging discussions, reflective practices, and shared experiences, we gained valuable insights, strengthened our spiritual practices, and found renewed inspiration to navigate life’s journey with grace and resilience. The intensive preparation not only provided a space for personal growth but also fostered a sense of community and support, highlighting the importance of coming together in pursuit of spiritual enrichment. We had spent time in evaluating our life and activities. We felt that we had a very conducive atmosphere for learning, sharing and serving. We carry forth the wisdom gained and the connections forged, continuing our journey towards spiritual fulfillment to become a Pilgrim and Prophetess of Paschal Hope.

Sr.Arul Sudha (Province of Madurai)
Sr.Punitha (Province of Angamaly)

Inter Province On-going Formation Program

The Inter-Province On-going Formation Programme, held from October 15th to October 28th, 2023, at Nirmala Dhyana Sadan in Athvelly-Medchal, Telangana, South India, was a significant gathering for 59 sisters from Asian

provinces (Amravati – 06, Pune – 08 Trichy – 12, Madurai – 12, Sri Lanka -01, Kolkata –  07, Angamaly  04, Guwahati – 08, Tenali – 1). The theme of the program was “Awakening to our call to be Missionary Disciples.”

The Programme was skillfully organized by Sr. Mary Pinto, the Provincial of Amravati, and Sr. Helen Daisy, the Provincial of Tenali. Assisting them in this endeavor were their secretaries, Sisters Lydia and Sunitha. Their dedication and commitment were instrumental in ensuring the success of the program.

The program commenced with a solemn inaugural ceremony. A procession by the participants added a touch of reverence to the occasion. During the procession, one participant from each province carried placards representing their respective provinces followed by a short prayer service. This symbolic gesture symbolized unity and diversity, emphasizing the shared mission of the congregation.

Sr Mary Pinto, Provincial of Amravati welcomed the participants followed by ice breaker activities to foster a sense of community and familiarity among participants. A reflective session led by Fr Edison Fernandes, SDB focusing on individual life journeys and spiritual growth. Fr Luke Rodrigues, SJ, conducted a workshop on discernment and its practical application in daily life.

A day dedicated to relaxation, leisure, and exploration of the local surroundings. This outing aimed to provide a break from the program’s routine and promote a sense of camaraderie among participants.

Sr. Jiji Mathew, SCC led a session on self-management, offering insights into being resourceful, emotional control, and stress. management.

Sr. Saveri Saverimuthu, SCC explored the concept of being a missionary disciple from the life of our founders and the early sisters. She discussed the challenges and opportunities in this role.

The organizing team led a session for the evaluation of the program, providing participants with an opportunity to share their feedback and insights. The program concludes with a closing prayer, marking the end of the Inter-Province On-going Formation Programme.

Sr Bridget Chelladurai

Province of Trichy

Blessing of RAPHA Clinic HCC Centenary Project – Heal @ 10

“The blessing Ceremony of the HCC Centenary Project – Holy Cross College RAPHA Health Centre-Heal @Rs.10 in Collaboration with GVN Hospital, Trichy was on 15th August 2023 Tuesday at Maria Villa Block, Holy Cross College Hostel, Trichy. The Programme began invoking God’s blessings with a Prayer Song, Bible Reading and Prayer by the Sisters of the Cross. Rev. Sr. Dr. Isabella Rajakumari, the Principal welcomed the august gathering and Rev. Sr. Dr. Lourdu Mary Academic Co-ordinator and Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Science shared the significance of RAPHA Project stating that this initiative will help in providing quality healthcare to marginalized communities and break the cycle generational health issues and leading to a brighter future for the individuals and their families.

RAPHA-healthcare infrastructure would act as a frontline defense against health challenges for our own Students, Staff and the larger communities. They can reduce the burden on hospitals by handling less critical cases, allowing hospitals to focus on more complex medical needs. RAPHA would provide cost-effective health care options, especially for those who are uninsured or underinsured. It aims to offer a range of service at a lower cost, making healthcare more accessible to a broader population. Rev. Sr. Lourdu Adaikalasamy, Provincial, Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, Tiruchirappalli felicitated and appreciated the noble venture which will be functionally useful to address healthcare gaps, improve health outcomes, promote community well-being, reduce disparities, offer affordable care, and contribute to the overall development of a healthy society. It is an investment in the present and future health of the community.

Dr. V. Senthil, M. S. Ortho, Orthopaedic Surgeon & Director, GVN Group of Hospitals, Trichy also rendered the felicitation recollecting the memories of his Grandfather Dr. Viswanthan and father Dr. Jeyapal who have been an instrumental in providing medical services in an age old dispensary called Hosanam Dispensary since the 1970’s along with the commendable service of Rev. Sr. Augusta, Rev. Sr. Mary Jacob and Rev Sr. Amendine. Thus having started as a Dispensary today it has become a Heath Centre to provide significant benefits to both the Students and staff of the College as well as the General Public.

“The HCC RAPHA Clinic with well-equipped infrastructure for initial medical consultation was opened by Rev. Sr. Lourdu Adaikalasamy, Provincial in the presence of Rev. Sr. Lilly Mary David, Mother Superior, Rev. Sr. Dr. Anne Xavier Secretary, Rev Sr. Dr. Isabella Rajakumari, Principal, all other Sisters of the Cross, Staff and Students of the Department of Audiology Speech Language pathology and DMLT. Rev. Fr Msgr. L. Anthuvan, Vicar General, Diocese of Tiruchirappalli recited the blessing prayer and blessed the entire clinic by sprinkling Holy Water.

Dr. Senthil to begin with examined a few students with ailments and prescribed medicines. The Audiological screening was done by the Audiologist and blood typing was performed for those requested by the DMLT Technicians. Dr. R. Sundaresan, Head, Department of Audiology Speech Language pathology thanked everyone who contributed to RAPHA become a reality in the campus of Holy Cross College, Tiruchirappalli.

Sr Lourdes Arockiasamy
Holy Cross Convent, Fort

Inter Cultural Living and Managing Diversity in Consecrated Life

Multiculturalism in practice is simply an expression of God’s creativity. We are called unconditionally to embrace the differences among us. A two day session on Inter Cultural Living and Managing Diversity in Consecrated life was organized for the sisters in the Province of Trichy on 3rd and 5th June 2022 at Fort by Rev. Bro. Dr. Paulraj SG. Montfort Brother of St. Gabriel. He is the Principal of Vidhya Deep College, Bangalore. Refocusing SCC towards a relevant Consecrated Life, focusing on the strength of the Province and appreciative inquiry, Difference is expected, respected and encouraged so that every sister can be productive, innovative and achieve to their fullest potential were dealt on the first day.

The inspirational capsules:
  • Charism based renewal, Redesigning the formation, Learning from our history, Transparency and accountability.
  • Centre your life on Christ, Centre your mission on poor, Return to your Charism.
To Ponder:
  • Every one smiles in the same way, why not same language?
  • Do we carry the structures or the structures carry us?
  • What am I doing that my Province would like me to do more of or less of?
Questions for group discussions:
  • Share about the culture of SCC Congregation. According to you what were the main aspects of the culture around which your Congregation emerged and grew up?
  • What is our Congregation culture? Define its different characteristics?
  • How is our Congregational culture being expressed concretely in the day today life of our sisters in the communities and in the Province of Trichy?

Multiculturalism doesn’t mean numerical but encouraging together and giving space for everyone. All of us are born into a particular culture. We are culturally embedded. Every culture is internally plural.

Need for Inter Cultural Living in Consecrated life:

Sense of belonging based on shared commitment. Commitment to the integrity and wellbeing. Attachment is the root cause for everything. All the members of the province must feel wanted, significant and secure. Differences that are nurtured lead to diversity and diversity that is celebrated is the spring board for creative change within our lives. Follow up actions were drawn for personal, community and at Province level. These two days session was enlightening, inspiring and helped us for our Inter Cultural Living and Managing Diversity in Consecrated Life

Orientation Program of the First year Juniors

The orientation Program for the First Year Junior sisters was held from 2nd to 13th October 2021. We had the inaugural Mass on 3rd at 7.00 am at Kattupatti near (Viralimalai) by Fr. Sujin OCD and Fr. Antony OCD from Manikandam. The theme for the orientation program was "Miracles happen when God mixes with us". To mark the significance of the day, we planted the Mango saplings in front of the house in responding to the call of Pope Francis "Care for the common home" and the CCROP commission celebrating the season of creation.

Vision, Mission and Charism of the Congregation, Meditation and contemplation, Spiritual accompaniment and accountability, health and hygiene, Eco Spirituality, Ignatian way and the paradigm of Ignatius, Art of cooking and hospitality, Auto therapy measures and acupressure, Social response in view of COVID 19, Art of accounting and personal auditing were the topics dealt during the programme. The junior sisters had an enriching experience to grow in the spirit of the Congregation and their consecrated life. The program came to an end with the sharing by the participants, evaluation and prayer.

The juniors returned their community with the spirit of enthusiasm to carry on the good work they have begun with the inspirational caption" Holding your hand Lord I take my step".

Sr. Amala SCC

Junior Mistress Province of Trichy

PROVINCE OF TRICHY APPLAUDS THE 50 YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE VINEYARD OF THE LORD

The province of Trichy celebrated the Golden Jubilee of our dear sisters Juliet Soosainathan, Ruby raj, and Borgia Michael with a lot of gravity on 3rd January 2021. The august assembly gathered for the solemn Eucharistic celebration to thank the Almighty for the inestimable gift of their life and precious religious vocation which was indeed a journey of fidelity. Rev. Fr. Michael Raj from St. Paul Seminary was the main celebrant along with four more priests who were the special invitees.

The celebration started with the welcoming of the Province Animator Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj followed by garlanding and the procession accompanied by the little flower girls. They were felicitated by Srs. Julie Kulandaisami, Arockia Mary Soosaimanickam and Dhanamary Manickam. The theme of the celebration was “His goodness shall follow me to the end of my days”. Sr. Juliet thanked the group.

Everyone was excited to see the three kings appearing from far to greet the Jubilarians. They were quite fabulous in their costumes, with the star and message in their hands. We thank the Jubilarians for their generous service to the Congregation in different places to various people. The celebration ended with the cutting of the cake followed by the festive meal. Everything was set right by the systematic plan of Srs. Sathiya Selvi and Amali.

Sr.Arokia Mary, Novitiate

Province of Trichy.

Silver Jubilee Celebration of ‘POWER’ at Viralimalai, Tamilnadu

30th December 2020 marked an awesome day in the history of ‘POWER’ the Social Centre at Viralimalai as it celebrated the 25th year of it’s birth. Jubilee year is a year of thanksgiving to the Almighty God who blessed immensely with showers of light and encouragement to delve into the untrodden paths in creating the space for the last and least in the society.

POWER stands for Participation and Organisation of Women for Empowering Rural India. This social centre was started on 5th July 1995 by Rev. Sr. Josephine Chinnarani, Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, Province of Trichy, in view of women empowerment among the illiterate and rural women.

 

The main aim is to organise the rural women to SHG (self-help groups) and make them participate or participant of their own development – economically, socially and culturally. This development includes not only the women but also their children since they are the future citizens of our country. Hence we have study centers for the children in our project area.

The celebrations began with the blessing of newly built Claudine Training Hall by Fr. S. Melchior, the Par ish priest, Viralimalai, and cutting of the Ribbon by Rev. Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj, the provincial of the province of Trichy. 25 years is not just a stone to cross over rather it has taken lots of hurdles.

The great and awaited events of the Jubilee celebration began by invoking the presence of God with the multi-religious symbols and the lighting of the lamp. The chief guest of the day Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj, the provincial of the Province of Trichy, the speaker Mrs. S. Sundaravalli the Social activist, the guest of honor Rev. Sr. I. Josephine Chinna Rani, the director of SOC SEAD and the founder of ‘POWER’, Rev.Fr. Paul Mike, the director of IDEAS, Madurai, Rev. Fr. Eugene, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Trichy and Mr.M Palaniyappan, the businessman, Viralimalai were warmly welcomed by Rev. Sr. Jeyarani the Director of POWER. All the invitees were honoured with a shawl and a Momento.

The highlights of the day’s programme were the release of the Silver Jubilee souvenir, screening of a fabulous documentary to the audience, release of the flag for POWER Social Centre and the cash of Rs.1,50,000/- for the education of the poor children handed over to Sr.Jeyarani, the director by the women federation of POWER.

The Children of POWER entertained the audience with their colourful cultural performance like Kummi, kolattam, Thappattam, songs, dances and skit on the theme ‘love one another’. The jubilee celebration ended with distribution of coconut saplings to 1200 women. May the silver bells continue to ring in the minds and hearts of the poor and the downtrodden of the society through POWER to witness the Golden years.

TRICHY HOLDS PROVINCE MEET

The province meet of the province of Tiruchirappalli for 2018 -19 was held on July 27, 2019. The day began with invoking the presence of God with a meaningful and inspiring prayer by the sisters of Namakkal community.

Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj, Provincial Superior, set the tone for the day with a cordial welcome with a thought provoking inaugural address.  It was delightful to see the newly professed sisters becoming the stars of the day during the opening ceremony with the colourful welcome as they take part in the province assembly for the first time.

The Province Report was presented by Sr. Regie Chinnappan, Provincial Secretary through video presentation followed by Bursar’s Report by Sr.Vimala Singarayar, Provincial Bursar through powerpoint presentation. Various commission Reports were presented by coordinators of each commission through Video and Power Point presentations. The timely intervention of the sisters with their appreciation and comments after the report of each commission was enriching and enlightening.

Mr. Jinna gave a talk on “Personal Health Care” through one-touch therapy, using which diseases can be cured without taking drugs. He shared his experiences through video clippings of different stages of patients getting cured through his one touch therapy.

The Junior sisters kept the congregation alive and active with their Action Songs and Quiz from Family Annals by the MCs (Sr.Amutha and Sr.Dhanam Mary) of the day.

To cap it all, Sr. Jyothi Selvaraj addressed the gathering again. In her address she appreciated the sisters for their tireless commitment and hard work in living the patrimony of the Congregation and for carrying out the ministries entrusted to them with utmost care. The areas we need to look into also were highlighted and brought into notice. Sr. Jyothi thanked the sisters for the arrangements made to make the day meaningful.

The Holy Cross Anthem, which is dear to the heart of each member of the Congregation, was sung at the close of the Province meet.

 

10th Annual Retreat, HOLY CROSS LAY ASSOCIATES

The celebration of the 10 years of successful completion of the annual meet of Lay Associates (2008-2018) was conducted on 10th March 2019, from 9.00am to 4.00pm at Sophie’s Hall, Holy Cross College, Trichy. There were 110 Lay Associates from 13 Units.

The first session began with a meaningful prayer in which the significance of milestones and the activities of the yester years (2008-2018) were brought out by the Butterworth Unit. Followed by an hour of reflection shared by Rev.Sr.Mary Johnsi Amaldas on the topic “Joyful Witnesses of Christ’s Mission” and 19 God’s abundant graces from the book of Hosea”.

There was a group sharing on the obstacles in reading the Word of God followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration was celebrated by Reverend Father Marianus Isaac for the milestones as God had travelled with our lay associates during ten long years. During the Eucharistic celebration 14 Lay Associates renewed their promises.

We had the presentation of Annual Reports followed by felicitation. Our provincial Rev.Sr.Jyothi Selvaraj and the golden Jubilarians – the President Mr & Mrs.Joseph Raj Rosebel were honoured. The day came to an end with the Unit wise photo session.

Sr.Amalorpavam Louis, Co ordinator, Commission for Lay Associates