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Introduction for Mass - Golden Jubilee

  
21-Jun-2014 12:03:51
 

A warm welcome to each of you to partake in the glorious, golden jubilee of the Religious Profession of our dear Srs. Lizzy Chavara, Noella Xavier, Martha D’Souza, Gertrude Patchala and Pascaline Joseph. It is a day to rejoice and sing a jubilant song.

The jubilee spirit is heightened with the arrival of the Sisters from far and near and members of your families.  We are delighted that your near and dear ones are present for the celebration. We hope that all, who traveled distances for this occasion, sensed our gratitude for the sacrifices, you made to be here with our jubilarians.  We also experience a closer bond with Sr. Saroj, our Superior General, her councilors, our sisters from the Provinces of India and the overseas missions, representatives from Belgium, Argentina, Poland, Italy, Tanzania and Mexico.

Dear Srs. Lizzy, Noella, Martha, Gertrude and Pascaline, the golden jubilee invitation card has inserted your photographs in the Five Stars, the symbols are very Biblical and inspirational: In Genesis 1:14, we read that the sun, moon, and stars are for signs, seasons, days, and years. Signs carry a message.  Signs give information. So how can the stars actually give information? We read in Psalm 147:4 and Isaiah 40:26 that God Himself named the stars. He determined the number of the stars and calls them each by name. So you too were called by name and have lived worthily all these years in the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo.

Dear Jubilarians, today, you are Celebrating, the Golden Jubilee of God’s Grace and faithfulness. And, when we consider a commitment of fifty years to any unique lifestyle, that milestone is rare, if ever reached. Thank God you have made it with the Lord’s assistance. Today we celebrate you, your vocation, your call, your life of service but above all we celebrate God, His call, His faithfulness, His mercy which has been the anchor of your religious life. God did not see your ability or disability but your availability to fulfill your role for the kingdom of God. We appreciate your commitment and dedication for the past 5o beautiful years of vowed life. Your deep faith has enabled you to live your “yes” in a variety of roles which you fulfilled with dedication and responsibility. You are precious to us and we thank you for your generous service to the society in different places to various people in the mission of the church.

God’s divine power has given you everything you need to live a truly religious life through the knowledge of the one who has called you to share in His glory and goodness. St. Paul tells us – God can do much more in us than we can ask or imagine. We are only asked to be there and ever greater things will be done through us. God has done wonderfully well through you by the zeal of mission that you had and even today you continue to be the hands, feet and heart of Christ in the world.

With hearts filled with gratitude we join you to relive those special moments, hours, days, months and years. On this day we remember your parents. They had generously made the sacrifice of offering you to God’s service. We remember all the members of your family and those dear and near to you.

There is no better way to give thanks to God, than celebrating the Eucharist. Let us enter into this Holy Mass presided by Fr. Frankie Serrao, S.J and pray for our jubilarians and the congregation gathered here.