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John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.

Bishop's Letter

BISHOP’S MONTHLY LETTER –July 2018

My dear Rev. Fathers, Sisters and Brothers

  • I wish to focus on some of the issues that keep disturbing the lives of the people because of the
    unsustainable development activities that are taking place in some parts of the diocese. Everyone accepts that the economic development is necessary for a country to go forward. But it should not be at the cost of the lives of the people and their right to live. The people of Noorachcholai are still suffering from the fly ash that emanates from the Coal Power Plant. The promised safety measures have not been taken to arrest such environmental damage.
  • The most recent humanitarian injustice is reported from Mundel where the bottom ash from the Coal Power Plant is to be transported in order to make bricks. Although the concept as such is acceptable, the place chosen for the task is thoroughly unsuitable and the people have begun to be irritable and worried about it. It is said that the people of the area have not been properly informed of this project and the Environment Assessment Report has not been taken.
  •  Another alleged corruption is taking place at Ambakandawila due to sand mining. Under the pretext of making colossal fish tanks, huge sand pits have been dug and a large volume of sand has already been transported. This has affected the quality of drinking water in this area and the people have started to protest.
  •  The sand cutting at Chilaw Beach in order to build a “Break Water” has come to a standstill since the people have observed under – hand activity going on.
  • Our Priests have been in solidarity with the people in these struggles, which is to be appreciated. We need to support the people in their struggles against social injustices of this nature. By being close to the people in their sufferings, we make the Church more authentic. Let us also pray that we will be able to find solutions to there issues in a just and fair manner.
  • The Annual Feast of St. Anthony at Pallekandal will be celebrated on th the 08 July. This ancient shrine has it’s origin in the times of St. Joseph Vaz who came through Pallekandal on his way from Mannar to Puttalam. According to the tradition, St. Joseph Vaz dedicated this village to the protection of St. Anthony.
  •  Aseminar for all the Religious in the diocese will be held on 27 July at the Sedec Hall, Madampe. The Religious communities have been informed of this programme. The theme will be on “Holiness of Life”, basing on the Apostolic Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis “Gaudete et Exultate”. I look forward to the participation of all the Religious for this important event.
  • His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Oswald Gomis will be celebrating the ‘Golden Jubilee in Episcopate during this month. His Grace has given a tremendous leadership to the Church in Sri Lanka over a period of five decades. As an Educationist, Journalist and a Historian the contribution of Archbishop Gomis is unprecedented. We wish His Grace God’s Abundant Blessings on this memorable occasion. Ad Multos Felicissimos Annos!

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

 

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