Blessing of the Foundation Stone and Erection of the New Parish “Our Lady of Divine Providence”
24 September 2017: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it” (Mt 16:18).These verses marked the sentiments of each of Priest, Religious Sisters and Parishioners as they laid the foundation of our New Parish – Our Lady of Divine Providence, Kannur on 24th September 2017.
The festivities began at 4.30 pm with the Divine Mercy School band welcoming the Chief Guest – His Grace Most. Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore. The foundation stone along with the religious articles for the New Parish was laid ceremoniously by Archbishop who presided over the Eucharistic celebration along with Carmelite, Dominican friars and the Third Order Regular fathers (TOR). After the penitential rite the Decree of erection of the Parish of Our Lady of Divine Providence was read by fr. Alwyn Aranha OCD.
His Grace thanked the Carmelite fathers who took care of the Sub-station for twenty five years and handed over the Semi Public Church to the Dominicans and appointed Rev. Fr. Naveen Rodriguez OP as the first priest–in-charge of the newly erected Parish with all the obligations and rights of the Parish Priest.
A Cultural program was held to felicitate Archbishop and to thank the former Parish Priest fr. Alwyn Aranha O.C.D and to welcome Fr. Naveen Rodrigues (OP) the new Parish Priest. The function was well attended by the parishioners with great enthusiasm and piety. The day concluded with the festive meal.
“What thanks O Lord can I render thee for all the gifts thou has showered on me”.