Around 200 couples gathered from the 34 parishes of the Archdiocese of Patna to conclude the Year of the Family at Jyoti Bhavan, Mokama from November 23-24.   Most Rev. Archbishop William D’ Souza asked the faithful to remember the deceased members of the Archdiocese for we are witnesses to their lived faith.

“The Year of the Family has been a new beginning for awareness to increase faith among Christian families,” said the Prelate.  We are here to experience God and be a blessing for our families, he further said.

“Through workshops on family evangelization and vocation promotion by ‘Couples for Christ’ families became strong in their faith”, said Father Jose Edavazhy, the Chairperson for Family Commission of the Archdiocese.  Every parish celebrated family day with cooperation and contributions from people.  
The emphasis on family prayer and the common prayer for the Year of the Family brought many families to pray together in their homes.  “The Archdiocese directed us to give importance to daily family prayer”, said Barh Catechist, Amalkanth.

John Jerome and Alphonsa Devi, a couple from Nawada parish said, “We are a peace loving family and we said the common family prayer daily”.    

The group took out a candle light procession to the famous ‘Our Lady of Divine Grace’ shrine by praying rosary.  

In conclusion the Prelate aid, “We have received faith as a gift from God mainly at the time of Baptism. Family is a school from where children learn about faith and parents are the nurturers of faith.  Sacraments received become further nourishment for faith”.

Family is an altar from which we can reach out to others with love and gratitude.  Thirteen priests, many religious sisters also were present for the two-day concluding program.

Malini Manjoly, SCN
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