Shillong 2 May: A new and a magnificent Parish Church, dedicated to Mary Help of Christians, was solemnly Inaugurated and Blessed today (01.05.2022) at Mandwi in Tripura by Rt. Rev. Lumen Monteiro CSC, the Bishop of Agartala and Rev. Fr. Paul Panachickal SDB, the parish priest of Baijalbari respectively in the presence of hundreds of faithful from different parishes and villages and several priests and religious from Mandwi as well as from nearby parishes, and institutions and the church was packed to its maximum capacity with the faithful, priests and religious. It was indeed a day of blessing and rejoicing for the Mandwi parish.

    The festivity of the inauguration and blessing of the Church began with a warm welcome accorded to Bishop Lumen Monteiro by the faithful of the parish together with other priests and religious and he was escorted to the entrance of the Church by Rev. Fr. Hubert Thyrniang SDB, the parish-priest of Mandwi amidst a band piece played by the Pre-novices of Bosco Home Herma. Fr. P.J. Joseph SDB, the MC of the programme, welcomed everyone towards the church and gave a brief introduction concerning the whole ceremony of inauguration and blessing of the church.

    Fr. Paul Panachickal SDB, inaugurated the newly built beautiful Church by cutting of the ribbon at the main door of the Church. Thereafter, the newly built church was blessed by the Bishop himself. This was followed by the Holy Eucharist which was made grand with entrance dance and the beautiful rendition of the entrance hymn by the parish choir of Mandwi.

    During the short felicitation programme, Fr. Juel Ekka, the Principal of the school, welcomed everyone with the presentation of Risa, a tripuri traditional welcome icon and the welcome song sung by the hostellers, set the tone for the entire programme. Fr. Davis Aricatt SDB, thanked everyone for their presence and for the constant support extended towards the successful completion of the church building. Bishop Lumen Monteiro too thanked the community of Mandwi for its hardwork and dedication shown towards the mission entrusted to their care. Fr. Hubert Thyrniang presented the list of benefactors and sponsors who have generously contributed financially for the construction of the parish Church building. He thanked the Salesian Province of Shillong for its keen interest in supporting the whole project with financial help and other necessary permissions for the construction. The whole function came to an end with the sumptuous lunch provided for everyone in the school hall.


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