Sister Sheela Palamoottil organized a camp for the elderly in the parish with the help of the Matruvedi and palliative care unit of the parish on Feb. 21, 2019. It was surprising to see 40 people, most of them women, after a long gap.

Sister Sheela welcomed the parish priest and the resource person Matthew Therakam, the coordinator of the diocesan palliative care unit, to the gathering. Therakam, in his talk to the elderly, emphasized the need to practice basic home remedies for health issues and revealed the medicinal benefits of many of the herbs which are so common in their fields. This imparted knowledge excited the participants and many of them clarified their doubts about health care and homemade medicines.

After the session, various games were conducted by Sister Sheela and Sister Florina Joseph, giving them an opportunity to laugh aloud, sing, dance, think and share their life experiences. Jose Kannath, one of the participants, gave a talk on “Faith and Healing” based on his experiences.

The parish priest and parish trustees were very supportive and provided the tea and snacks. All the participants were extremely rejuvenated towards the conclusion of the camp and Sister Sheela assured them that their desire to come and spend time together on a monthly basis would be fulfilled in the coming months.

Florina Joseph, SCN

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