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Bishop's Letter

BISHOP’S MONTHLY LETTER – September 2016

My dear Rev. Fathers, Sisters and Brothers

  • The main focus of the Presbyteral Study Day held last month was “Pastoral Care of the Family”. In the Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia the Holy Father emphasizes the importance in giving proper pastoral care for the families and helping them to build good family lives based on Christian values and morality. Considering the challenges that the contemporary families face it is imperative that we commit ourselves fully to pastorally guide the families. It goes without saying that the family visitation is of utmost importance in the whole question of pastoral care of the family. The role of the Parish Priest in family visitation cannot be delegated to anyone else. Others can only support the endeavor to be close to the flock. I wish to thank Fr. Claude Nonis for the inspiring talk on Pastoral Care of the Family and for the all the Fathers for your presence at the Presbyteral Meeting and Study day.
  • The Annual Feast of St. Anne at Talawila was conducted basing on the theme “Joy of the Family is the joy of the Church”. I wish to thank the Priests and Religious who helped in diverse ways to organize the Feast meaningfully. I am also thankful to His Lordship Bishop Emmanuel Fernando for his kind presence at the Feast. With the increasing number of pilgrims each year, there is an on-going need to improve the facilities. Thus, two new car parks were opened and the foundation was laid for a new toilet complex.
  • During the Festive season a new building was blessed and opened at the Rosarian Convent, Talawila. The front section of the Convent was demolished as it had seen better days. I am thankful to the Fathers and the Sisters whose co-operation helped a great deal to complete this project.
  • The new sessions of the Diocesan Pastoral Council began last month. The focus of the first meeting was “Family and the Challenges faced”. It was highlighted that good Catholic families provide the foundation in building the reign of God. The Diocesan Pastoral Council is the voice of the Laity in the diocese.
  • The Annual Retreat I was conducted at Ampitiya. I wish to thank Fr. Alwin Fernando for conducting the Retreat. I am also thankful to Rev. Fr. Rector, Bursar and Staff of the National Seminary for the logistical support.
  • Very Rev. Fr. Expeditus Jayakody has been appointed as Rector of the National Seminary. Our prayerful best wishes to Fr. Expeditus as he assume this onerous task. He was the Dean of Theology at the time of appointment as Rector.
  • The Brothers of the National Seminary are on their Annual Vacation. They will be staying as a group for the first time at St. Sebastian’s, Nuwara-Eliya. I will be spending a few days with them as usual.
  • The general assembly of Worldwide Marriage Encounter will be held in Chilaw this month. Preparations have been made under the guidance of Fr. Jude Nicholas and Fr. Ashok Priyantha to hold this conference in a meaningful manner. Marriage Encountercontributes much in the endeavors of the diocese in the formation of good Christian families. Let us offer our prayers for the success of this Conference.
  • To mark the Diocesan Process on the Cause of Hon. Helena of Gonawila, a special Prayer Service of rd Praise and Thanksgiving will be held on Friday 23 September at St. Joseph’s Church Gonawila. You are cordially welcome to attend this service.

Asking the Lord to Bless you.
Yours devotedly in Christ,
+D. Valence Mendis,
Bishop of Chilaw

 

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