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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 –January 2017

My dear Rev. Fathers, Sisters and Brothers

  • First and foremost let me wish you a Happy New Year 2017. Let us begin the year placing our trust in the Lord and seeking the maternal intercession of Our Blessed Mother whom we invoke at the very beginning of the year.
  • The Year of St Joseph Vaz will be proclaimed in the diocese on the feast day in January. I expect you to discuss in the deaneries the draft of the diocesan plan given to you during the last Presbyteral Meeting.
  • I am thankful to His Lordship Bishop Vianney Fernando for the talk given to the Presbyterium on the Spirituality of St. Joseph Vaz. The inspiring talk should lead us for a true Soul searching so that we would be able to follow the life example of the Apostle of Sri Lanka. The life and ministry of St. Joseph Vaz should be the focus of our discussions and reflections during this year.
  • Together with the Presbyterium and the Religious in the diocese I wish to congratulate His Lordship Bishop Vianney Fernando on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Priesthood. During the 50 years of dedicated Priestly Ministry His Lordship has contributed immensely to build up the local church in Kandy as well as the Church in Sri Lanka. On this joyous occasion we pray for God’s abundant blessings upon His Lordship Bishop Vianney Fernando. AD MULTOS ANNOS!
  • During the Presbyteral Meeting one of the points discussed was about the Rectification of Marriages. Emulating the example of St. Joseph Vaz we need to look for those couples who have not yet regularized their marriages in the Church. As they are already in a wounded situation due to some reason or the other we should not make the process of Rectification difficult to them. They should not be sent for the Pre-Cana classes conducted at the diocesan level unless by way of exception. They should be catechized in the parish itself. If there are many couples the help of the Diocesan Director for Family Apostolate could be requested so that he could visit your parish for a short (may be half a day) programme.
  • During the Year of St. Joseph Vaz another aspect that we should continue to focus is the Small Christian Communities. The Diocesan Committee is planning to have a diocesan seminar on Small Christian Communities to be held at Talawila. Your co-operation is requested to get the animators to participate in this seminar.
  • In order to felicitate our missionary work during this year, two meetings have been arranged with the participation of Parish Priests and the Diocesan Directors. You will be informed of the dates.
  • The Opening of the Chilaw Branch of St. John Paul II English Medium College will be held on the 05 January 2017 at 8.00 a.m. I invite you cordially to participate in this event. The venue will be the ‘Sanhindiyawa’ Animation Centre in DeduruOya. You are most welcome for the Opening Ceremony.
  • A housing scheme was inaugurated last month in Mampuri. This scheme consisting 20 houses was sponsored by the Salvatorian Sisters, each house costing an amount of Rs. 550,000/-.We wish to express our sincere thanks to Sr. Rani Fernando the Provincial, to Sr. Dulcie who co-ordinated this unique humanitarian project and to all the Salvatorian Sisters. Our thanks are offered also to Fr. Kamal Danian the Parish Priest for facilitating this housing project.
  • The transfers will be made effective in the coming weeks. Those Parish Priests and diocesan Directors taking up new appointments should meet me before you begin your new assignment. Kindly contact me
    and fix an appointment.

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

 

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