Media and Cultural Apostolate.

We in Sri Lanka have a rich cultural heritage of which we can be proud. It is to the credit of Bl.Joseph Vaz and Fr.Giacome Gonsalves, who,being foregners were able to feel the pulse of the Sri Lankans, both in the North and the South were able to

value and imbibe the local cultures so that they were able to produce a truly local Church. The Chilaw diocese was fortunate to have the services of these two great missionaries, especially of  Fr.Giacome Gonsalves “the father of Catholic literature?who wrote most of his books at Bolawatte, died and is buried in the Bolawatte Church. So the Chilaw diocese was able to inherit this rich heritage from Fr.Gonsalves and preserve it and hand it over to future generations.

The first Bishop of Chilaw, Rt.Rev.Dr.Edmund Peiris was a scholar himself, promoted the cultural heritage handed down by these missionaries by editing and publishing some of the works of Fr.Gonsaves and by popularizing Passion Plays and Pasam singing. His successor Bishop Frank Marcus too was a great believer of the use of Mass Media and cultural activities. Thus the Diocesan Cultural Committee (Hapasanks) was born with the entire Sudasuna Complex as the centre of service, with a Massive Hall for all cultural activities, also used for other civil functions, a well equipped Press, and a Studio for recording. He made the best use of this by producing a vast list of audio cassettes containing his sermons known as Radaguru Chintha and also hymns and songs composed for the Annual Cultural Competitions. In this the contribution of the expert musician Mr.J.K.S.Perera has to be recorded. It is to his credit that we have many hymns sung in the Liturgy and also all the 150 Psalms set to beautiful, meaningful and piety evoking melodies.


Main Functions

  1. i ) Large, spacious hall caters to various cultural and civil functions, used even byNon-christians to promote local culture

    ii )Media Centre, under a Director, conducts audio visual programmes in parishes

    iii ) Conducts listener clubs and trains them for media apostolate

    iv ) Well equipped Sudasuana Press undertakes the printing of all  kinds of literature  Posters etc.

    1. v)   Sudasuna also runs a Religious Book shop which  makes available other Religious articles, audio cassettes and CD’s etc.

    As Mass Media is a very powerful means of communication, much more has to be done to provide useful programmes and material to our faithful. More young people are to be trained in the fields of Journalism, Cinema and Drama.

    also runs a Religious Book shop which  makes available other Religious articles, audio cassettes and CD’s etc.

As Mass Media is a very powerful means of communication, much more has to be done to provide useful programmes and material to our faithful. More young people are to be trained in the fields of Journalism, Cinema and Drama.

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