On 11 February 2016, the faithful of Odisha celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Lourders in Dantiling. People came from various parts of the states before one week ago, made tents and stayed there in order to celebrate the feast. We too had the joy of participating in the feast along with Fr. Jugal Kishor Digal, the parish priest.
A warm welcome was given by Rev. Fr. Sanjiv Kumar Berro, the parish priest of Dantiling to all the priests and religious gathered in the Church. Rt. Rev. Sarat Charandra Nayak, the bishop of Berampher diocese and Rt. Rev. Niranjan Sual Singh, bishop of Sambalpur diocese were present to witness the celebration. A short reflection was given by Bishop Sarat Chandra Nayak to all the priests and religious based on the consecrated life. He said, “We serve God in different ways but according to our charism and we need to go out from our comfort zone to proclaim the Gospel to all”. After the talk everyone proceeded for Mass in procession towards the grotto on the hill top. During the homily Bishop Sarat spoke about the year of Mercy.
The feast was concluded with the Holy Rosary praying in procession and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. During the Rosary Bishop Niranjan spoke on Mary the Mother of God. He exhorted the faithful to cultivate filial love for Mary.
Reported by Sr. Ranjita Nayak