The Inaugural Mass for the North West Region was celebrated on Wednesday 29th June 2016 at 5.30 p.m. The Holy Mass was officiated by Most Rev. Bishop Elias Gonsalves, Bishop of Amravati Diocese, along with Fr. Mario and Fr.Philip Ekka, the parish priest of St.Josephâ€™s Church, Yavatmal. The Celebration of the Eucharist was in Hindi. The Entrance procession was led by a Prayerful dance by the Secondary School Girls of St. Aloysius. The representations from the Region along with the Regional Superior, the Mother General, Councillors and the Celebrants Bishop Elias, Fr. Mario and Fr. Philip entered the sanctuary with joyful Celebrations. At the introduction Sr.Maria gave a warm welcome to one and all. This Regional house is under the patronage of St.Joseph the second Patron of our Congregation.
This new Historical Venture in the life of the Congregation of the Poor Sisters of Our Lady was witnessed by the Superior General Mother Matilda Dâ€™Mello, Sr. Mary Sebastian and Sr. Annie Fernandes, the Counsellors to the Superior General. Out of fourteen houses from the new Region, Sister representatives from 9 houses and 2 lay collaborators Mr. Noel and Mrs. Janette Fernandes also participated in this joyful occasion of the Congregation. We were also privilege to have some forty Parishioners along with Teachers and Students.
The Liturgy was meaningful, focusing on the growth of the Region, comprising of five States, namely Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala. In the homily Bishop Elias Gonsalves stressed on the life and mission of the two Stalwarts of our faith Sts. Peter & Paul, who had a miserable past but walking through the path of tribulation they were moulded to be the wonderful witnesses to the Lord. In the same way the Regional Team should follow the example of these Saints and face the challenges and hardships of the Mission. The Bishop appreciated the effort of the Congregation to start the 1st Regional house in the Diocese of Amravati which is a mission place.
After the Mass there was felicitation with cutting of the cake by the Regional Superior Sr. Norma and Sr. Joanna, the Regional Councillor.We also felicitated Bishop Elias Gonsalves ,Mother Matilda and her team and Sr.Aley Thomas the superior of the community.Mother Matilda congratulated Sr.Norma and thanked everyone who had been a source of encouragement and help in this new venture of the congregation which was a dream and has come to fulfillment on this auspicious day. Sr.Norma thanked the Bishop, all Sisters and the Parishioners for their prayers and presence. Finally there was a fellowship meal for all, in thanksgiving for this wonderful day in the life of Congregation.