A felicitation ceremony for the sainthood of St. Teresa of Kolkata and thanksgiving for the year of mercy was organised by the CRI unit of the North 24 Parganas deanery at Auxilium convent Barasat On 29th October 2016.
The grand celebration was set on track with the inaugural ceremony which included the lighting of the lamb by the chief guest Rev. Fr. Anthony Rodrick the dean of North 24 parganas, the Guest of honour Br. Varghese MC and the core team of deanery , welcome speech by the president of the deanery Rev. Fr. Simon Xalxo OFM, presentation of Bouquet by Sr. Biola RNDM and the invocation prayer by Sr. Stella D FMA the secretary of the CRI Deanery. Rev. Fr. Varghese Tor introduced the Resource person of the day Rev. Br. Varghese MC who kept the audience enthused and enamoured for more than one hour with his inspiring and igniting talk on St. Teresa of Kolkata. Some of the key points highlighted were Compassion and Mother Teresa is synonymous, her life could be summarised as prayer, service, silence, single mindedness, Christ orientedness. She preached without preaching for her actions spoke louder than her words. She was an excellent teacher as a Loretto nun and she continued to be a teacher later through her actions. She proved by her life that compassion and mercy are more powerful than money and power. She exhorted often,” our religious life is to belong to Jesus and let Jesus use you without consulting you’. Obedience to the will of God will take care of you.
Rev. Fr. Thamasin SJ the Director of Arunoday , the anchor of the day and organizer of the cultural programme set the stage on motion with the commencement of the cultural fiesta. Auxilium boarding students initiatedit with theme song on divine mercy, Blessed are the merciful followed by 12 formation houses Bethany novitiate, RNDM aspirantate, Anujyoti AC postulantate , Arunoday SJ pre novitiate, St. John Mary Vianney Diocesan seminary, Providence novitiate Barrackpore, Apostolic Carmel Novitiate, MC aspirants from Green Park, Prado novices, Novices of sisters of charity of Oasis Capitano, novices of Daughters of St. Ann and Aspirants of Auxilium Barasat who set the stage on fire with their creative and captivating staging on the life of Mother Teresa and year of mercy themes enthralling the audience. The sisters and fathers of Barasat communities surprised the audience with a melodious song on St. Teresa of Kolkata composed by Sr. Baia AC.
The solemn Eucharistic celebration commenced with an entrance dance performed by the boarders of Auxilium Barasat. The choir of Bethany novitiate with their harmonious and mellifluous voices gave a heavenly ambient for the main celebrant Fr. Anthony Rodricks and other 9 co-celebrants to offer the thanksgiving Eucharist for our new Saint, St. Teresa of Kolkata and conclude befittingly the year of mercy. Fr. Anthony in his homily exhorted all to follow the footsteps of our saint who was truly the icon of the year of mercy. He also congratulated the CRI core team for organizing and executing the event so beautifully. After the Eucharistic celebration Sr. Biola RNDM gave the eulogy of thanks to all those who had been instrumental in making this day a memorable one in the annals of the CRI unit of north 24 Parganas . The eventful day drew it’s curtain with a fellowship meal in the grounds with lots of chit and chats and sharing. May the Lord whose everlasting mercy we commemorated continue to assist us in being agents of mercy in the footsteps of St. Teresa of Kolkata.