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Large Gathering Witnesses Blessing Of Sahayamathe Church At Devadurga

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DEVADURGA, JAN 24,2017: Large gathering of Christians and others rejoiced over the blessing and inauguration of the newly built Church on Jan. 24, on the feast day of St. Francis De Sales, the Patron of Salesians at Deodurga in Raichur district.

Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary blessed the newly built Church and Fr. Joyce Thonikuzhiyil sdb,  Provincial of the Salesians of the Province of Bangalore,  inaugurated the magnificent place of worship.

A large number of  priests, religious and lay faithful participated in the event.

The new church is dedicated to Mary Help of Christians (Sahayamathe), the heavenly patroness of the Salesians.

Bishop D’Souza appreciated and thanked Fr. K C Mathew SDB, the Rector of the Salesian community of Devadurga and Fr. James Antony Paul sdb, Parish Priest, Fr. Kuriokose sdb, Asst. P.P.  of the Sahayamathe Church for their hard work in constructing the artistically built church.

The Devadurga Taluk of Raichur district has been entrusted to the Salesians in the year 1996.

Bishop appreciated the pastoral and educational and health care apostolate done by the Salesians and the Assisi Sisters for the people of Devadurga, which is a backward area.

Salesians are running a High School and boarding for boys and girls and Child Helpline in Devadurga.

The Assisi Sisters are involved in health ministry and care of girls boarding.

Devadurga has a 350 Catholics spread over many sub-stations.

Fr. James Paul sdb, thanked the donors for their generous contribution towards the construction of the Church at Deodurga.

The programme ended with a fellowship meal for all.

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