Another Salesian Parish Inaugurated in Shillong Archdiocese

Shillong, May 27, 2024: Dedicated to Mary Help of Christians, on May 26, 2024, the solemnity of the feast of the Holy Trinity, Most Reverend Archbishop Victor Lyngdoh inaugurated the Salesian Parish of Mary Help of Christians at Mawpdang and appointed Father Sebastian Tirkey SDB as its first Parish Priest during a solemn Holy Mass. The Holy Mass was concelebrated by Father Richard Majaw, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese, Father John Zosiama SDB, the Salesian Provincial, Father Sebastian Tirkey SDB, the Parish Priest, Father Barnes Mawrie, the assistant parish priest, Father Paul O Lyngkot, the former Provincial, parish priests of neighboring parishes, 32 other priests, religious men and women, and thousands of parishioners and other faithful who had come from various parishes of the Archdiocese. The event was also attended by many political leaders. In his homily, Archbishop Victor emphasized the importance of unity, love, forgiveness, and dedication, drawing parallels with the Holy Family. "God is love—the best name of God is LOVE," said the Archbishop. "This parish will flourish if you follow the example of the Holy Trinity. Although we may not fully understand the essence of the Holy Trinity, it is enough to have faith," he continued, illustrating with a story from the life of St. Augustine. After the homily, Archbishop Victor proceeded with the rite of appointment of the parish priest according to canon law, during which the new Parish Priest, Father Sebastian Tirkey, made the Profession of Faith and signed various church documents witnessed by the faithful who had gathered in large numbers for the inauguration of the parish. The Holy Mass was enriched by melodious hymns sung by the choir. In the afternoon, there was Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by various cultural programs to express gratitude, felicitate, and acknowledge the various individuals responsible for the success of the inauguration of the new Parish.