Bosco Ashram, Ponnur, Guntur, 18 August 2021: It was an auspicious day as the Silver Jubilee of Risen Christ Church, Bosco Ashram, Ponnur began on 18 August 2021 with a grand celebration that attracted around a thousand faithful who attended the Eucharistic celebration. 26 priests, 10 religious sisters and parishioners from across the sub-stations gathered in the church to participate in the event that officially wrap up the parish’s year-long celebration of the 25 years since its founding in 1996. The Holy Eucharist started at 10: 45 am. Father Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar, sdb, the Provincial of the Salesian Province of Hyderabad was the main celebrant. In his homily, he exhorted “Let us keep up and be a examples of our faith, handed over by our ancestors, and be true children of Christ”.

Fr Alex Jayaraj, sdb, the parish priest, extended a commending welcome to the dignitaries, guests, priests, religious and the parishioners during cultural programme. Father Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar, sdb, was the chief guest while Mr V. Madhu Sudhan Rao, the Chairperson of Relli Community, Mr K. Kanakarao, Chairperson of the State SC cooperation, Smt. Lakshmi, member of SC, ST Education Committee, Andhra Pradesh were guests of honour. Two Catechists Mr Dara Maria Joji, Mr Puli Rambabu were felicitated for their commendable yeomen services for 25 years. The people relished the cultural programme followed by fellowship meal. Father Kasu Lourdu Reddy, sdb, the Administrator thanked everyone who contributed their time and energy for the meaningful Jubilee Celebrations.

Later, a new Chapel was blessed by Father Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar, sdb, Provincial and Father Bellamkonda Sudhakar, sdb, Director, Bosco Seva Kendra on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee celebrations. This Chapel was dedicated to St Paul, the Apostle. Thanks to Missioni Don Bosco, Turin for their generosity who supported to construct this Chapel.

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