Golden Jubilee Special

 

Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle

 

INTRODUCTION

 

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News” (Rom.10:15)

Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle which was founded on 22nd February 1968 is going to celebrate its Golden Jubilee on 22 February 2018. The period between 22 February 2017 and 22 February 2018 is celebrated as the Jubilee Year of MST. Our beloved Bishop Sebastian Vayalil of happy memory took the lead to found the Missionary Society in order to carry out organized missionary work in the Syro Malabar Church. Let us remember the great missionary zeal of our founder, Bishop Vayalil and the pioneer members of MST.

As we are marching towards the Jubilee year let us pause for a moment to ponder over the milestones in the journey of our Society, remember with gratitude the abundant blessings of God that we have received, thank those who travelled along with us over the years and remember with gratitude those who supported and collaborated with us.

Today MST is blessed with 341 priests and 245 seminarians under formation at various stages. MST is working as three regions and one Delegation. At the same time, the members of MST are working in several countries of the world. Through its three mission regions, St. Paul’s Region (Ujjain), St. Thomas Region (Mandya) and St. Alphonsa Region (Sangli) and one delegation (Mary Queen of the Mission, Delhi) MST has established its missionary nature and contributed greatly in the fields of preaching, migrant and pastoral care, general education, special education, health care, women empowerment, empowerment of the differently abled and the marginalised, care and rehabilitation of the HIV/AIDS infected and affected, vocational training, rehabilitation, disaster management, and eco-friendly agro based innovations. MST carries out its missionary mandate through these various apostolic activities in view of creating a harmonious and value based civil society, transforming it to establish the Kingdom of God. It is to be noted here that two of its regions, Ujjain and Mandya have become dioceses and several of the institutions and apostolic activities that MST has initiated have been handed over to the dioceses and are now carried out by them.

Jubilee is an occasion for all of us to introspect on our missionary commitment, renew ourselves and plan for a more committed life. Our life is our witness. Let us reform our ways so that our life, actions and words reflect the life and message of Jesus. We are sharing the missionary responsibility of the Church. As Pope John Paul II teaches “For the Church, evangelizing means bringing the Good News into all the strata of humanity, and through its influence transforming humanity from within and making it new” (EN 18) (C2 b)

With the aim of renewing the members and to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of MST we have drawn up a working plan of activities for the immediate preparation and the celebration of the Jubilee. This plan is prepared by the Golden Jubilee executive committee after a series of consultation based on the master plan prepared by the General Coordination committee and approved by the General Council. The activities are destined for individual members, for the Society as a whole, for the Mother Church and for the mission. The dates given are tentative and may change as per the situations of each place but will be intimated to the concerned persons. I exhort all the members to collaborate with the teams appointed for various activities as and when informed to you and make this great Jubilee of MST as a celebration of each one of us.

Jubilee calls for evaluation and reform on the Societal and personal levels. Let us evaluate ourselves in relation to our call and missionary commitment with an aim of improvement. Let us forgive one another and be reconciled with ourselves, with others and with God so that our Jubilee celebration may become fruitful.

 

Founder & Pioneer Members

Jubilee Programmes

 

PREPARATORY PROGRAMMES FOR MST FATHERS AND BROTHERS

 

In view of the coming Golden Jubilee of MST, the General Council of MST first appointed Golden Jubilee Master Plan Committee and then the General Coordination Committee which drew up a master plan for the same. Its main proposal was to follow the methodology of three year Assessment, Renewal and Celebration in this regard. Thereafter Fr. Joseph Ayyankanal was appointed by the Director General as the Co-coordinator of MST Golden Jubilee programmes. At the third stage an Executive Committee was appointed by the Director General to implement at the earliest the various projects and programmes in connection with the Golden Jubilee of MST. That Executive Committee has taken quick action in giving shape to the final plan of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of MST by adopting the methodology of Assessment, Renewal and Celebration. The various programmes proposed by the Golden Jubilee General Coordination Committee, the General Council, the Jubilee Celebration Co-coordinator, and the Executive Committee are incorporated into this final action plan.

 

1. Assessment

 

The methodology of ‘Assessment, Renewal, and Celebration’ was a three-year plan (2015-2018).

 

  1.1. Assessment Sessions

 

 

  Evaluation sessions for assessing the mission and vision of MST and the living of the vision by the members were held in each of the three regions and at Deepti for those MST members working in Kerala. 11 a. Mandya: Jan 10, 2016 b. Sangli: Jan 14, 2016 c. Ujjain: Jan 21, 2016 d. Deepti: Feb 22, 2016.

1.2. Documentation and History Department

A documentation and history department has already been created by the General Council and the Director General has appointed Rev. Dr. James Kurukilamkatt as its Director. The department has started functioning at Deepti Mount, Melampara. This department will bring out 1) a comprehensive book on MST vision, mission and major success stories, 2) a hand book on MST and its missions.

 

2. Renewal

 

  In order to celebrate the Golden jubilee of MST it is expected that all the members make an ardent attempt to renew themselves individually and the Society as a whole. Renewal has two dimensions: one, individual renewal and second, community renewal or renewal as a society. In the light of the various proposals the following Renewal Plan has been finalized by the Executive Committee for immediate implementation.

 

2.1. Annual Retreats for all MST priests

 

  Four retreats are planned for all MST priests in preparation of the Golden Jubilee during the year 2017-18 focusing on Thomasine spirituality and renewal of the missionary commitment. Retreats are arranged in the three regions and one in Kerala, at Nilackal, a place which traces its connection back to St. Thomas. All the MST priests are requested to attend any one of these retreats invariably. The dates of the retreats are given in this calendar. 12 All MST priests working abroad are requested to plan their programmes in such a way that they can also attend any of these four retreats. They are requested to inform in advance regarding their choice of the retreat so that arrangements can be done. All MST priests working in India are divided into four groups so that sufficient number of priests are included in each group and proper arrangements can be done. The list will be sent to you soon. If anybody wants a change of place and time of retreat he can do that with prior information.

 

  The schedule of the retreats:

 

April 30 – May 5, 2017 - Mandya- Preacher: Bishop Mar Raphael Thattil May 07 – 13, 2017* - Nilackal- Preacher: Fr. Bobby Jose Kattikatt October 15 – 20, 2017 - Sangli- preacher: Bishop Mar Raphael Thattil October 15 – 20, 2017 - Ujjain- preacher: Fr. Bobby Jose Kattikatt * alternative date given is May 21 – 26, 2017  

 

2.2. Renewal and Prayer Team

 

Jubilee is the time to thank the Lord for the blessings that we have received during the last fifty years and to entrust all our missions to the Lord to make them more fruitful and effective. In collaboration with Santhome Fellowship, a prayer team is being formed comprising of four to six persons of charisma. This team will visit all MST houses and centres of apostolates both inside and outside the regions and will spend one full day with the missionaries of the respective houses. (Those MST priests working in the dioceses, if they desire, the team will spent one day and pray in their centre also).The day will be set apart as a prayer day and the prayer team will lead diverse spiritual 13 activities including adoration, rosary, reflection, etc. They will also be available for personal sharing and counseling. This team also will prepare a special monthly recollection for the region on request based on the theme of Thomasine Spirituality.  

2.3. Grooming MST preachers’ team

  The primary purpose of MST is to preach the Gospel of salvation to the whole world. We are proud that some of our fathers are engaged in charismatic retreat preaching in their individual capacity. It is high time that we organize them into a team of MST preachers. Since several years there was a suggestion to this effect, but it was not materialized. Let us make use of the occasion of our Golden Jubilee for such a noble venture. Let us start a ‘one-day programme of preaching and healing’ at Deepti once in a month in a temporary hall which will be made ready near old Aaraam. We have a few distinguished preachers who are doing wonderful service in their respective places. There are several young and talented priests ready to take up this ministry of direct preaching the Word of God. Our known preachers can begin the preaching ministry once a month and then young priests can be groomed to be great preachers. One talk of this one day programme of Mass, preaching, healing and confession will be on mission. Let us start this as part of our Golden Jubilee activities.  

 

2.4. Special spiritual preparations

 

To prepare ourselves for the Golden Jubilee the following spiritual activities are planned:  

  • All MST priests shall say their Holy Mass of the 22nd of every month in the Golden Jubilee Year (22 February 2017 to 22 February 2018) in the intention of the DG for the Society.
  • Similarly, all MST fathers and brothers shall say an extra rosary a week for the success of the missionary activities of MST in the jubilee year.
  • A karozutha prayer will be sent to you soon in order to be said during the Holy Mass/ Ramsa in our chapels.
  • A new Santhome prayer (a new novena) approved by the Major Archbishop will also be sent to you soon.
  • A monthly devotional prayer (Vanakamasam) in honour of St. Thomas is under preparation. Once it is prepared and approved by the Church it will be sent to you.

 

2.5. Prayer day for every member

In the context of MST’s Golden Jubilee each of the 341 priests will be assigned a day for prayer together with prayer intentions. We have now 245 brothers and they will also be given prayer days. This prayer day cycle has already begun in Deepti College on 3rd July 2016. A list of the prayer day of the priests will be sent to you soon.

 

3. Media and Publications

 

Mission animation department will be developing and using the means of new media for the publication of our mission news and ideas among the new generation. We are planning to develop a blog, app and a Face book page in connection with MST Jubilee Year. The Jubilee committee will promote publishing articles and stories based on mission in the popular periodicals (like Satyadeepam, Shalom, Amma, Karmalakusumam, etc.). The jubilee committee will collect materials for publication from our seminarians, priests and associate missionaries. A documentary on the activities of MST will be prepared and it can be used to give information to various groups on MST.

 

4. Jubilee Logo and Website

A logo of MST Golden Jubilee has already been prepared and it is printed on the back cover of the MST calendar of 2016. The logo will be more widely used in the Jubilee programmes. The MST website is also ready and will be regularly updated.


 GOLDEN JUBILEE PROGRAMMES FOR OTHERS

In the first part of the MST Jubilee plan we have chalked out plans for assessment, renewal and celebration for the members of MST. In the second part we are presenting programmes for others in our Jubilee Year.

 

1. For dioceses/parishes in Kerala

Some activities are planned for the dioceses and parishes of Kerala in order to give our Mother Church an opportunity to be part of our Golden Jubilee celebrations.

1.1. Stage performance on St. Thomas

St. Thomas being the heavenly patron of MST, it is our duty and obligation to spread the devotion and knowledge of St Thomas. In the new media era, a stage performance on St. Thomas will aid us meet this aim. We will be preparing a dance drama on St Thomas, which can be performed at various places.

1.2. Thoma Theerthadanam

In order to promote devotion to St Thomas and to make known the history of St Thomas Christians, we will be organizing pilgrimage to all the seven churches established by St Thomas in Kerala. It is a three days pilgrimage package starting with a short presentation on St Thomas and then visit to all the seven churches. The pilgrimage will be guided by experts in the history of St.Thomas Christians.

1.3. Mission Visits

To promote mission spirit and awareness, the Mission Animation team, in collaboration with Santhome Fellowship, will organize mission tours and interaction with missionaries in the regions. We plan for a five days package to Sangli and three days package to Mandya.

1.4. Mobile Exhibition and Preshitayatra in Kerala

A mobile exhibition on MST and its contributions and ministries will be done in selected parishes from the north end to the south end of Kerala. Its details are being worked out.

2. For parents

An essay competition for parents (Catholic mothers and fathers) on the theme ‘How vocation can be nurtured and promoted in families’ is planned to be conducted in all the SyroMalabar Dioceses in Kerala.

3. For youth

A mission quiz for CML and KCYM members will also be conducted all over Kerala.

4. For children

Various activities are planned for children in our Jubilee Year.

 

4.1. Mission Parliament

With the purpose of enkindling the mission spirit among the children of Kerala, we will be arranging a mission parliament for the children. The main theme and the panel discussions will be prepared and presented by children and representatives of CML and CLC. We are planning to have it at the diocesan level and a final one in Deepti Generalate.

4.2. A special Programme in Shalom TV in the context of MST Jubilee

This is a TV show of twenty episodes titled ‘Apostoloi’ with the theme ‘Called to be His Witnesses to the Ends of the Earth’. This is now being produced and will be telecast in the Shalom Television. This is a one year project, which includes selection of the children for shooting, grooming sessions, shooting the episodes and post production and airing. The project aims at approaching the catechism students of Kerala in a different and interesting way, instilling in them a new missionary spirit. Innovative teaching methods incorporating both traditional and modern communication media, direct and personal involvement with the mission and missionaries, etc. will give a lively tinge to this. Through Shalom TV, the leading


catholic channel with a high number of viewers, we hope to reach out to a wide range of catholic families and children. The telecasting of this programme will start on 14th September 2016.

5. For ex-MSTs

A ‘get together’ will be arranged for all ex-MSTs at the Generalate in the Jubilee Year. They will be given opportunities to collaborate with the various mission activities of MST according to their choice and taste.

6. For MST collaborators

A Mission Meet will be organized in each of the regions and Delegation. The Meet will be for all the collaborators in our mission such as our school teachers, animators, benefactors in the mission, etc. The Meet will include a public gathering, presentation of MST vision through diverse animation programmes, fraternity building exercises, performances, etc.

7. For Santhome Fellowship members

To mark the Jubilee of MST, we will be arranging a grand Mission Meet at Deepti. This aims at bringing together the pioneering members and all associated with MST’s mission such as religious sisters, ex- MSTs, benefactors, etc. It will be a one day programme with a thanksgiving Mass, experience sharing about their collaboration with MST in the mission, and agape. This also aims at creating a network of all connected with MST and its mission. This network will be kept updated about MST’s new initiates and their active cooperation will be solicited for vocation promotion, Santhome Fellowship, Kadukumani, Santhome Publications, and so on.

8. For sisters

An essay competition and a quiz competition on mission will be conducted for sisters in connection with MST Jubilee celebration.

9. For Seminarians

Diverse competitions will be conducted for all MST seminarians as well as for the seminarians of the Syro-Malabar major seminaries: 1) Essay competition on mission for all theology students of our major seminaries; 2) Skit script competition on St. Thomas for all philosophy students of our major seminaries; 3) Quiz on mission for MST seminarians at Jeevan Jyoti and MST minor seminaries.

 

JUBILEE MEMORIALS

 

1. Houses for the poor

A few houses are being built for some poor and deserving families to mark the golden Jubilee of MST.

 

2. MST Jubilee Memorial Scholarship for professional studies

Jubilee is an occasion for MST to bear witness to Jesus’ love for the poor and the needy. In the spirit of the Year of Mercy, we need novel measures to make MST Jubilee a memorable event. The Jubilee Memorial Scholarship aims at giving financial assistance to 50 deserving young men and women to begin a new professional course. Once they get a job, they shall return the money in order to help other deserving students.

3. Jubilee scholarship through KCDF

Another scholarship will be given to some deserving students all over Kerala. It will be implemented through KCDF in collaboration with the Santhome Fellowship. The required amount will be raised from the people of Kerala and will be distributed to the deserving students through Kadukumani, a publication of MST’s children’s wing. It is a special project of Kadukumani Children’s Development Fund (KCDF) through which MST reaches out to children of poor financial standing. This charity programme will not only highlight MST’s efforts at grass root level but also will encourage hundreds of catechism teachers and Santhome Fellowship members to help

financially poor children as well as to support our mission magazine, quiz programmes and other initiatives. Through their help we will identify deserving candidates.

4. Thomasine library at Deepti

On the occasion of MST Jubilee a library of Thomasine spirituality must be set up at Deepti by collecting all existing materials as well as generating new materials (books, songs, bhajans, dramas, short films, etc.).

5. Jubilee Memorial Shrine of St. Thomas at Deepti

A shrine of St. Thomas, our heavenly patron, will be built at Deepti Mount in memory of the Golden Jubilee and the relic of St. Thomas will be deposited there for public veneration.

6. Jubilee Memorial Minor Seminary at Thamarassery

A second minor seminary building is under construction at Thamarassery. This will be dedicated as Golden Jubilee memorial institution of MST.

7. Jubilee Memorials in MST Regions

Some concrete jubiliee memorials are to be set up in all MST regions to mark the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of MST. Details are to be worked out in the regions and the plans must be communicated to the Executive Committee.

 

CELEBRATION OF THE GOLDEN JUBILEE

 

1. Jubilee Candle and Flag

The mission animation team will be preparing a Jubilee candle and a Flag with the Jubilee emblem and icon of St Thomas on it. On 22nd Feb 2017 the Jubilee candle shall be lighted in our chapels and keep the Flag in a common place where all visitors can see. Keeping the Flag and the candle (which will be lighted when the Jubilee Prayer of MST is said) for the whole jubilee year will help us

to remember the jubilee year every day. This is also an effective way to make the Jubilee Year of MST known to others.

 

2. Formal inauguration of MST Golden Jubilee

It was on 22nd February 1968 that MST formally came into being in the presence of Cardinal Furstenberg from Rome, the Pronuncio of India, and all the archbishops and bishops of Kerala at Deepti Mount. It is ideal that we begin the Golden Jubilee of MST at the tomb of St. Thomas the Apostle, our heavenly patron. On 19th February 2017 MST will organize a special Jubilee Year Qurbana at the tomb of St. Thomas the Apostle and lighting the Jubilee lamp at the tomb in order to take it to Deepti Mount. On 22nd February the light brought from the tomb of St. Thomas will be solemnly received at Deepti and the formal inauguration of the Golden Jubilee will take place at the Generalate on that day. A detailed description of the programme at Mailapur and at Deepti Bhavan will be chalked out soon.

 

3. Eparchial celebrations

We have MST priests from all the eparchies of Kerala. Hence we should have a jubilee celebration in the eparchies of our priests. The MST priests from each eparchy shall organize the jubilee celebration in their respective eparchies with assistance from the Executive Committee. A team of priests from the respective dioceses will be given responsibility for this celebration. It is an occasion to gather the family members of MST priests and seminarians, Santhome fellowship members and our well wishers of that diocese and explain to them what MST and its priests are doing in the missions.
 

5.4. Regional celebrations

We have three mission regions and one Delegation. Each region and the Delegation shall organize a jubilee celebration of MST in its region. A detailed plan will be worked out by the respective regional/ Delegation teams and tentative dates are announced.

 

5. International celebrations

 

As MST priests are working all over the world, MST Golden Jubilee shall also be celebrated in those places collectively. There must be MST Jubilee celebrations in Canada, USA, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, UK, Ireland, Philippines, Tanzania, and Australia where MST priests render their service. Tentative dates are announced in the schedule and details will be worked out after consultation with the respective persons in each place.

 

6. Celebrations in MST institutions

 

MST Golden Jubilee shall be celebrated in all our institutions such as seminaries, schools, and other houses like IMACT, Viswadeepti, Santhome - Thamarassery, and Santhome Bible Centre
– Pariyaram; estates such as Vadakamcherry and Mulas. Tentative dates are announced in the jubilee calendar.

 

7. Publication of a new translation of the Gospels from Santhome Bible Centre

On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of MST, Santhome Bible Centre, Pariyaram will publish a new translation of the four Gospels from their original language of Greek into Malayalam.

 

8. Pilgrimage to Kolkotta/ Mylapore

 

Mother Teresa will be canonized on 4th September 2016 and it is a blessing for all of us. Let us make a pilgrimage to her tomb in Kolkotta in our Golden Jubilee Year to derive inspiration from her for our mission works of mercy. Similarly, Mylapore is sacred to every St. Thomas Christian. Pilgrimage may be planned to any of these or other pilgrim centres during the jubilee year.

 

9. International Missiology Conference

 

An international missiology conference involving Catholic missionary societies worldwide is to be organized in October 2017

at Alphonsianum, Pala, inviting internationally known Missiologists from inside and outside India. Papers presented in the conference may be published as a book. Some of the themes of the conference may be the following:

    • New ways of mission ad gentes in the 21st century taking into account the multi-cultural, multi-religious context of evangelization today.

 

    • Relationship between mission ad gentes and new evangelization.
    • Influence of the various mission documents of the Church on missionaries all over the world.

 

    • Mission work and social work
    • Role and Relevance of Missionary Societies.

 

  • Missiology Workshops

Missiology workshops may be organized at Ruhalaya Theologate in Ujjain, Viswadeepti Missiology Centre in Kolhapur, and at IMPACT, Kochi in the Jubilee Year. Details are to be worked in consultation with the concerned centres.

 

11. Interregional Meetings in the context of MST Jubilee

One interregional meeting has already taken place in Mandya. Three more interregional meetings are going to take place and those meetings can be made proper occasions to articulate the uniqueness and relevance of MST and to think of new ways of evangelizing in the third millennium.

 

12. A memento to every MST priest and seminarian

It is proposed to prepare a memento to be given to every MST priest and seminarian and another one to MST collaborators, such as parents of MST priests and Santhome Fellowship members.

 

13. MST Calendar and Jubilee calendar

Since last year MST calendar with liturgical readings and important events of MST and its members is being published from Deepti. It was in preparation of the Jubilee Year. A calendar of MST Jubilee programmes is prepared and it is sent to all members after making sufficient consultations with concerned persons and centres.

 

6. GRAND FINALE AT DEEPTI MOUNT ON 22 FEBRUARY 2018

The foundation of MST on 22nd February in 1968 was solemnly done at Deepti Mount and its Silver Jubilee was celebrated in 1993. It is only fitting that we organize a grand finale of the Golden Jubilee celebrations at Deepti Mount itself. Basic details of the same are given below.

Grand Finale of MST Golden Jubilee at Deepti Mount

 

 

Date

Venue: Deepti Mount

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Day February 16, 2018

¾Holy Mass at the Tomb of

 

 

 

the Founder.

 

 

 

¾Jubilee gathering of diocesan

 

 

 

priests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Day February 17, 2018

¾Holy Mass for the Departed

 

 

 

souls of MST

 

 

 

¾Jubilee gathering of sisters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Day February 18, 2018

¾Holy Mass

 

 

 

¾Jubilee gathering of MST

 

 

 

Santhome Fellowship

 

 

 

members and collaborators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

4th Day February 19, 2018

¾Holy Mass

 

 

¾Jubilee gathering of

 

 

neighbours

 

 

¾Honouring the families who

 

 

donated land to MST in the

 

 

beginning

 

 

 

 

5th Day February 20, 2018

¾Jubilee gathering of MST

 

 

seminarians.

 

 

¾Day of Ordinations

 

 

 

 

6th Day February 21, 2018

¾Holy Mass

 

 

¾Jubilee gathering of MST

 

 

priests

 

 

¾Hounouring the Pioneer

 

 

Members

 

 

 

 

7th Day February 22, 2018

¾Holy Mass

 

 

¾Grand Public Meeting

 

 

 

 


 

Part II

Programmes planned for the preparation and celebration of the Golden Jubilee of MST in the Mission Regions and Formation Houses

 

1. CELEBERATIONS IN MST MISSION REGIONS AND DELEGATION

  • St. Paul’s Region Ujjain

 

    • The members of the region will spend three-days in prayer at Masih Ashram, Karontia and the schedule will be prepared shortly.
    • The Yearly Renewal program in our region will be focused on Jubilee Year.

 

    • On Thomasine Spirituality one animation program will take place. The annual retreat in 2017 will be on this focus.
    • Special spiritual preparation prayers given from Deepti Mount will be followed.

 

    • A get-together of the collaborators/ staff of the MST centres of the region will be organized in 2017.
    • Study scholarships will be given as per availability of fund.

 

    • A new ministry will be opened as golden jubilee memorial in the region.
    • One house will be built and donated to a poor and deserving family in the region.

 

    • A small grotto of St. Thomas will be put up at the Regional House.
    • The Khachrod Mission Centre of MST will be developed as Golden Jubilee memorial.

 

  • The concluding celebrations of Jubilee will take place at our centres in the months of January and February, 2018. The tentative schedule of celebration is given as under:
  • For the concluding celebration at Regional level we intend to invite all the Hierarchs in whose dioceses the MST is having members and ministries of St. Paul’s Region, all the Rev. Fathers, Rev. sisters of the diocese of Ujjain, benefactors etc..

 

January 2, 2018 : Santhome Bhavan Pawasa Ujjain January 6, 2018 : Masih Ashram, Ujjain
January 8, 2018 : Santhome Bhavan, Mandsaur January 10, 2018 : Alphonsa Church , Shamgarh January 12, 2018 : Santhome Bhava, Khachrod January 16, 2018 : Santhome Bhaan, Bhopal January 17, 2018 : Karuna Sadan, Bhopal January 25,2018 : Jagdalpur Geetham

Jnaury 30, 2018  : Jagdalpur , Sukma

Februay 11, 2018: Jubile Concluding Ceremony at Regional Level

 

1.2. St. Thomas Region Mandya

The following are the important programmes visualized for the jubilee in St Thomas Region, Mandya.

  • Inauguration of the jubilee in Mandya mission on 6th Nov., 2016.

 

  • Conclusion of the jubilee in January 2018.
  • We plan to construct three to five houses for poor people closely associated with us.
  • Sehion experience for MSTs in Mandya. On second Saturday of every month from November 2016, all the MSTs in Mandya come together for prayer in one of our mission stations. We will spend four hours in prayer and sharing. We will conduct prayer service in all our mission stations during the jubilee year.

 

  • To foster koinonia among the missionaries, we want to visit all the mission stations of Mandya together with the missionaries in our mission stations.
  • We plan to start a new apostolate in each mission station. These apostolates will be begun at least by Feb. 22, 2017.

 

  • Inter-school meet for arts and sports competitions in November, 2017.
  • Visiting the houses of all the staff members who are working in our institutions. Also we have decided to visit the houses of the students of senior classes. We begin house visiting in an intensive manner in Nov., 2016.

 

  • Awareness programme in schools to raise funds for supporting poor students. We begin it in November 2016.
  • A new apostolate called Manasadhara for taking care of the mentally ill people is already started.

 

  • Starting of a prayer centre on 8th September, 2016.
  • Quiz competition for sisters in January 2017.

 

  • We arrange five separate meetings for the people associated with us. They are:
    • Teachers in January 2017

 

    • Teachers of special schools in February 2017

 

  • Non-teaching staff in March 2017
  • Drivers in July 2017

 

  • Kitchen staff in August 2017.

 

1.3. St. Alphonsa Region Sangli

1.3.1 Renewal/Refresher Programmes

  • One symposium shall be organized on Thomasine spirituality

 

  • Discourses on Papal Encyclicals and other Church teachings during monthly recollections in the jubilee year.
  • A Mission seminar will be organized in the context of changing Socio-political and economic scenario in Maharashtra.

 

  • Annual Retreat based on Thomasine spirituality and our mission.

1.3.2. ActionProgrammes

  • Starting one new ministry

 

Community based Palliative care centre for Cancer Patients at Herle or

Ministry for street children or rag pickers

    • Becoming Environment Friendly:Programmes to make every center in Sangli Mission environmental friendly, Environmental awakening Programmes like seminars, study tour etc. will be conducted in every centre.

 

  • Mew Mission Station:Starting one new mission station in memory of the golden Jubilee (Islampur).
  • Jubilee Housing Plans: Construction of 3 jubilee memorial Houses for poor

 

    • Education Fund: Mobilization of education fund (Alphonsa Education fund for helping poor children)
    • Mission Meet of all Collaborators in the mission

 

    • Jubilee celebration involving all those who are associated with us

 

  • Mary Queen of the Missions Delegation Delhi
    • Inauguration of the jubilee year in Battinda Mission station on Oct. 16 in the presence of His Beatitude George Cardinal Alenchery.

 

    • As an effort of the missionary personnel in Delhi delegation, we will be buying an ambulance to care for the cancer patients in and around Battinda. The expense will be met by taking loan and the loan will be repaid by contributing one month allowance by all MST priests working in Delhi, by organizing programmes to raise funds etc
    • We envisage to start a school at Balaswa for rag-picking children with the help of MST

 

    • A School at Battinda will be started as Jubilee Memorial.
    • We will visit all the houses of MST in Delhi Delegation, first phase of which began on 23 of August in Shimla.

 

    • Establishing a school for the differently abled Children in Shimla.
    • In Shimla, delegation wishes to begin a catechetical centre.

 

    • A school for differently abled children in Balaswa.
    • A Hostel for HIV affected and rag-picking children at Najafgarh.

 

    • A celebration marking the conclusion of jubilee in January 2018 at Deepti Ashram, Najafgarh.
  • CELEBRATION IN MST FORMATION HOUSES

 

2.1. Ruhalaya Major Seminary Ujjain

Ruhalaya Seminary programs for the year 2016 – 2018 in preparation for the Jubilee.

  • The new administrative section of building at Ruhalaya Theologate will be “MST Jubilee memorial Administrative block”.

 

  • “Chapel of Mercy” intended for personal prayer in the Theology section will also be Jubilee a Memorial of MST.
  • Permanent exhibition will be put up in the theology in the underground hall of library section. It will give historical development of MST through photos, charts and in art forms.
  • Weekly adoration both in Philosophy and Theology focusing on mission themes.
  • Jubilee prayer will be recited regularly.

 

  • Jubilee memorial symposium by the brothers of Philosophy.
  • Jubilee memorial symposium by the brothers of Theology.

 

  • Each MST brother will take up an MST priest each to pray for his successful mission witness.
  • Both Philosophy and Theology sections will organize works of mercy outside the seminary campus.

 

  • In view of Jubilee, a Missiology seminar will be organized for the priests and sisters combining the regular Fr. Maliparambil memorial lectures.
  • A seminar will be organized for the religious in the diocese of Ujjain on the theme of mercy (The theme is chosen because it is organized in the year of Mercy).

2.2. Jeeven Jyoti Missionary Orientation Centre

Some of the important programmes planned in Jeevan Jyoti for the Jubilee are the following:

  • Inauguration of the Jubilee on 16th August, 2016.

 

  • Reflective reading of the whole Bible in the academic year starting from 16th August, 2016.
  • Prayer day: one day in prayer for every member of the community from 9th September, 2016. Foundation stone for Jeevan Jyoti at Ganjam was blessed on 9th September

 

  • Adoration from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm on first Friday of every month starting from September, 2016.
  • Fasting and the money thus saved will be used for supporting a poor student.

 

  • Akhanda Japamala on 15th October, 2016 and 15th October 2017.
  • Medical camp for the villagers in November 2016 and 2017.

 

  • Jubilee celebration with the Catholics of Srirangapatna on 28th July, 2017.
  • Voluntary service on second Thursday of every month starting from September, 2016 in the home for the destitute in Mysore.

 

  • Sharing by missionaries at frequent intervals.
  • Mission quiz for the seminarians on 6th January, 2017 and 2018.

 

  • Praying the mercy rosary everyday starting from August 15, 2016.
  • Conclusion of the Jubilee on 10th February, 2018.

 

  • Deepti Minor Seminary at Deepti Mount and Palakkad
      • Prayer day for each member of the house. We have already started it on July 3rd 2016.

 

      • Akanda Japamala, keeping the intentions of the missionaries and mission activities of the Society for a day in the month October 2016.
      • Mission Sunday competitions based on mission themes

 

      • Periodical sharing by experienced missionaries on their vision, mission, dreams, aspirations, accomplishments and achievements
      • Meeting the pioneer missionaries (those who are at Aram)

 

      • Symposium by the brothers based on the book, ‘Vazhithara theerkkunnavar’ written by Fr James Kurukilamkatt
      • Praying at the tomb of missionaries on every Friday (our cemetery chapel)
      • Prayer for mission and missionaries to be made daily after the mass.

 

      • The fund raised from Mission Lottery and Mission Mela will be set apart to help poor students.
      • Book reviews on missionary saints and summary presentation in classes for ten minutes.

 

    • Inter-seminary(for ISPARC members) essay competitions on mission themes
    • Inter-seminary tournaments will be organized at Deepti in the Jubilee year, 2017-18.

 

 

Jubilee Committees

 
1. Golden Jubilee General Coordination Committee
 
1. Fr. Jose Palakeel (Convener)
2. Fr. Thomas Chenganariparampil
3. Fr. Joy Kunnel
4. Fr. Joseph Kondoor
5. Fr. Jose Cheriampanatt
6. Fr. Francis Kureeckal
7. Fr. Peter Vattappara
8. Fr. Joseph Muthuplackal
9. Fr. Joseph Karodan
10. Fr. Joseph Vallikatt
11. Fr. Justin vettukallel
 
2. Golden Jubilee Executive Committee
 
1. Fr. Thomas Chenganariparampil (Convener)
2. Fr. George Koorumullumpurayidom
3. Fr. Sebastian Kizhakkeyil
4. Fr. James Kurukilamkatt
5. Fr. Varghese Kunnath
6. Fr. Xavier Thengumkudiyil
7. Fr. S. (Jayaprasad) Kallupuraparampil
8. Fr. Joseph Ayyankanal (Coordinator, Golden Jubilee
Programmes)
 
3. Regional Jubilee coordination Committees
 
3.1. St. Paul’s Region Ujjain
 
1. Fr. Benny Karickamukalel (Convener)
2. Fr. James Athikalam
3. Fr. Paul Parekattil
4. Fr. Alexander Pinamarukil
5. Fr. Sebastian Varikatt
6. Fr. George Pottanany
7. Fr. Binoy Thazhathuveettil
8. Fr. Joseph Unnieppillil
 
3.2. St. Alphonsa Region Sangli
 
1. Fr. Jose Valiamangalam (Convener)
2. Fr. Joby Kozhipatt
3. Fr. Siju Kolthambrayil
 
3.3. St. Thomas Region Mandya
 
1. Fr. Joseph Thekkekarott
2. Fr. Benny Puthenpura
3. Fr. Josekutty Kalayil
4. Fr. Joby Koottumkal
 
3.4. Mary Queen of the Mission Delegation
 
1. Fr. Santosh Olappurackal (Convener)
2. Fr. Abraham Chempottickal
3. Fr. Bobby Kayyalackakath
 

Jubilee Calendar

Jubilee News

Releasing of the Jubilee Logo and Programme Calendar.

MST Golden jubilee logo and the programme calendar were released on 15th August 2016. The occasion was blessed with presence of the Bishop elect of Great Briton Mar Josaph Srampical and the director General Very Rev. Fr Kurian Ammanathukunnel. The releasing function was conducted at Deepti Generalate. After the Independence Day celebration the Director General introduced the Jubilee Logo and the programme calendar. Releasing the Logo and the Programmes calendar, Mar Joseph Srampical appreciated the great contribution of MST to the Church in the last fifty years and wished the members a great year of Jubilee and blessings for the celebrations. The releasing ceremony was made colourful by the stage programmes by Deepti Minor Seminary brothers.      

Thomatheerthadanam

The MST Golden Jubilee executive committee and the IMPACT mission animation team decide to give special attention to promote the devotion to St Thomas and to make known the history of St Thomas Christians in the year of our Golden Jubilee. So the animation team organizes pilgrimage to all the seven churches established by St Thomas in Kerala. It is a three days pilgrimage package starting with a short presentation on St Thomas and then visit to all the seven churches. The first its kind started on 1st August, 2016. A team of 25 people from Mumbai started the pilgrimage from the Mission Animation Center IMPACT. The team was lead by Fr James Kurikilamgattu and Fr Benny Arthanakunnel. The three day pilgrimage covered all the seven churches established by St Thomas in Kerala and other major pilgrim centers in Ernakulam Changanassery and pala Dioceses.    

Kadukumani Apostoloi

IMPACT Mission Animation has come out with another great achievement by producing and telecasting a TV programme in the Shalom Television. It is a Golden Jubilee gift of MST to the Syro-Malabar Church. The programme titled ‘Kadukumani Apostoloi’, based on the catechism text book of the Syro-Malabar Church,  will help the children to grow in faith and mission spirit . The project aims at approaching the catechism students of Kerala in a different and interesting way, instilling in them a new missionary spirit. Innovative teaching methods incorporating both traditional and modern communication media, direct and personal involvement with the mission and missionaries, etc. will give a lively tinge to this. The presentation part of the class ten text book is ready for airing. Fr Sybi Nellor was the teacher and moderator for the sessions and we had 18 children from deferent part of Kerala with their talents and performances. The programme will be telecasted on every Wednesday at 8.30pm and retelacastings on Saturday 8.30am, Tuesday 12.30pm and Monday 1.00am in Shalom TV.     

Releasing of the Jubilee Logo and Programme Calendar.

MST Golden jubilee logo and the programme calendar were released on 15th August 2016. The occasion was blessed with presence of the Bishop elect of Great Briton Mar Josaph Srampical and the director General Very Rev. Fr Kurian Ammanathukunnel. The releasing function was conducted at Deepti Generalate. After the Independence Day celebration the Director General introduced the Jubilee Logo and the programme calendar. Releasing the Logo and the Programmes calendar, Mar Joseph Srampical appreciated the great contribution of MST to the Church in the last fifty years and wished the members a great year of Jubilee and blessings for the celebrations. The releasing ceremony was made colourful by the stage programmes by Deepti Minor Seminary brothers.   

Renewal Programmes

Jubilee is the time to thank the Lord for the blessings that we have received during the last fifty years and to entrust all our missions to the Lord to make them more fruitful and effective. In collaboration with Santhome Fellowship, a prayer team was prepared for the renewal programmes in the Regions. Frs Anoop Joseph and Wilson George of CSSr congregation led the renewal programmes in St Paul’s Region Ujjain. It was arranged in three places, such as Pachore on 14th, Bhopal on 15th and Mendya on 17th November, 2016. 25 conferrers of Ujjain mission participated in either of these three renewal programmes. The second team consists of Rev Fr Jose Puthussery of Ernakulam, Mrs Alice and Mr Antony from Ernakulam led the renewal programmes in St Alphonsa Region, Sangli. The programme started on 22nd November and completed all the centers on 4th December.  The tame spent a day each in all most all the mission centers in Sangli region. All the missionaries participated in this prayer day. The day was set apart as a prayer day and the prayer team led diverse spiritual activities including adoration, rosary, reflection, etc.    

എം​എ​സ്ടി സു​വ​ർ​ണ​ജൂ​ബി​ലി ഉ​ദ്ഘാ​ട​നം മൈലാപ്പൂരിൽ

പ​​​രി​​​യാ​​​രം(​​​ക​​​ണ്ണൂ​​​ർ): സെ​​​ന്‍റ് തോ​​​മ​​​സ് മി​​​ഷ​​​ണ​​​റി സൊ​​​സൈ​​​റ്റി​​​യു​​​ടെ(​​എം​​എ​​സ്ടി) സു​​​വ​​​ർ​​​ണ​​​ജൂ​​​ബി​​​ലി ഉ​​​ദ്ഘാ​​​ട​​​നം 20 ന് ​​​ചെ​​​ന്നൈ മൈ​​​ലാ​​​പ്പൂ​​​രി​​​ൽ ന​​​ട​​​ക്കും. 1968 ഫെ​​​ബ്രു​​​വ​​​രി 22ന് ​​​കോ​​​ട്ട​​​യം ജി​​​ല്ല​​​യി​​​ലെ ഭ​​​ര​​​ണ​​​ങ്ങാ​​​ന​​​ത്തി​​​നു സ​​​മീ​​​പം മേ​​​ല​​മ്പാ​​​റ​​​യി​​​ൽ അ​​​ന്ന​​​ത്തെ പൗ​​​ര​​​സ്ത്യ തി​​​രു​​​സം​​​ഘാ​​​ധ്യ​​​ക്ഷ​​​നാ​​​യി​​​രു​​​ന്ന ക​​​ർ​​​ദി​​​നാ​​​ൾ ഫു​​​ൾ​​​സ്റ്റ​​​ൻ ബ​​​ർ​​​ഗി​​​ന്‍റെ സാ​​​ന്നി​​​ധ്യ​​​ത്തി​​​ൽ സ്ഥാ​​​പി​​​ത​​​മാ​​​യ സെ​​​ന്‍റ് തോ​​​മ​​​സ് മി​​​ഷ​​​ണ​​​റി സൊ​​​സൈ​​​റ്റി​​​യു​​​ടെ ഒ​​​രു​​​വ​​​ർ​​​ഷം നീ​​​ണ്ടു​​​നി​​​ൽ​​​ക്കു​​​ന്ന ജൂ​​​ബി​​​ലി ആ​​​ഘോ​​​ഷം 20ന് 50 ​​​വൈ​​​ദി​​​ക​​​ർ ചേ​​​ർ​​​ന്നു മൈ​​​ലാ​​​പ്പൂ​​​രി​​​ലെ വി​​​ശു​​​ദ്ധ തോ​​​മാ​​​ശ്ലീ​​​ഹാ​​​യു​​​ടെ ക​​​ബ​​​റി​​​ട​​​ത്തി​​​ൽ ദി​​​വ്യ​​​ബ​​​ലി​​​യ​​​ർ​​​പ്പി​​​ക്കു​​​ന്ന​​​തോ​​​ടെ ആ​​രം​​ഭി​​ക്കും. ച​​​ട​​​ങ്ങി​​​ൽ ബൈ​​​ബി​​​ൾ ഗ​​​വേ​​​ഷ​​​ക​​​നും ബ​​​ഹു​​​ഭാ​​​ഷാ പ​​​ണ്ഡി​​​ത​​​നും ഗ്ര​​​ന്ഥ​​​ക​​​ർ​​​ത്താ​​​വു​​​മാ​​​യ റ​​​വ.​​​ഡോ.​​​സെ​​​ബാ​​​സ്റ്റ്യ​​​ൻ കി​​​ഴ​​​ക്കേ​​​ൽ വി​​​ശു​​​ദ്ധ തോ​​​മാ​​​ശ്ലീ​​​ഹാ​​​യു​​​ടെ ജീ​​​വ​​​ച​​​രി​​​ത്രം ആ​​​ധാ​​​ര​​​മാ​​​ക്കി ര​​​ചി​​​ച്ച ദി​​​ദി​​മൂ​​​സ് എ​​​ന്ന ബൈ​​​ബി​​​ൾ നാ​​​ട​​​ക​​​ഗ്ര​​​ന്ഥം പ്ര​​​കാ​​​ശ​​​നം​​ചെ​​​യ്യും. എം​​​എ​​​സ്ടി ഡ​​​യ​​​റ​​​ക്ട​​​ർ ജ​​​ന​​​റ​​​ൽ റ​​​വ.​​​ഡോ.​​​കു​​​ര്യ​​​ൻ അ​​​മ്മ​​​ന​​​ത്തു​​​കു​​​ന്നേ​​​ൽ പ്ര​​​കാ​​​ശ​​​ന ക​​​ർ​​​മം നി​​​ർ​​​വ​​​ഹി​​​ക്കും.  യ​​​ഹൂ​​​ദ പ​​​ശ്ചാ​​​ത്ത​​​ല​​​ത്തി​​​ൽ വി​​​ശു​​​ദ്ധ തോ​​​മാ​​​ശ്ലീ​​​ഹാ​​​യു​​​ടെ ബാ​​​ല്യം, യൗ​​​വ​​​നം, കു​​​ടും​​​ബ​​​ജീ​​​വി​​​തം എ​​​ന്നി​​​വ പ​​​ശ്ചാ​​​ത്ത​​​ല​​​മാ​​​ക്കി​​​യ ശേ​​​ഷ​​​മാ​​​ണ് ക്രി​​​സ്തു​​​ശി​​​ഷ്യ​​​ൻ, ഭാ​​​ര​​​ത അ​​​പ്പ​​​സ്തോ​​​ല​​​ൻ, ര​​​ക്ത​​​സാ​​​ക്ഷി എ​​​ന്നീ നി​​​ല​​​ക​​​ളി​​​ൽ തോ​​​മാ​​​ശ്ലീ​​​ഹാ​​​യെ നാ​​ട​​ക​​ത്തി​​ൽ അ​​​വ​​​ത​​​രി​​​പ്പി​​​ക്കു​​​ന്ന​​​ത്. ഇ​​​തി​​​നോ​​​ട​​​കം സ​​​ഭാ​​​ശ്രേ​​​ഷ്ഠ​​​ൻ​​​മാ​​​രു​​​ടെ​​​യും ബൈ​​​ബി​​​ൾ ഗ​​​വേ​​​ഷ​​​ക​​​രു​​​ടെ​​​യും പ്ര​​​ശം​​​സ പി​​​ടി​​​ച്ചു​​​പ​​​റ്റി​​​യ ഈ ​​​ഗ്ര​​​ന്ഥം സ​​​ഹ​​​സ്രാ​​​ബ്ദ​​​ങ്ങ​​​ളി​​​ലു​​​ടെ വ​​​ള​​​ർ​​​ന്നു​​പ​​​ന്ത​​​ലി​​​ച്ച യ​​​ഹൂ​​​ദ​​​ പാ​​​ര​​​മ്പ​​​ര്യ​​​ത്തി​​​ന്‍റെ മ​​​താ​​​ത്മ​​​ക സാ​​​മൂ​​​ഹ്യ​​​ജീ​​​വി​​​ത​​​ത്തി​​​ന്‍റെ പു​​​ന​​​രാ​​​വി​​​ഷ്ക​​​ര​​​ണം​​​കൂ​​​ടി​​​യാ​​​യി മാ​​​റു​​​ക​​​യാ​​​ണ്. എം​​​എ​​​സ്ടി​ സ​​ഭ​​യു​​​ടെ ജൂ​​​ബി​​​ലി ആ​​​ഘോ​​​ഷ​​​ങ്ങ​​​ളു​​​ടെ ഭാ​​​ഗ​​​മാ​​​യി കേ​​​ര​​​ള​​​ത്തി​​​ലെ വി​​​വി​​​ധ സാം​​​സ്കാ​​​രി​​​ക-​​​മ​​​ത കേ​​​ന്ദ്ര​​​ങ്ങ​​​ളി​​​ൽ അ​​​വ​​​ത​​​രി​​​പ്പി​​​ക്കു​​​ന്ന​​​തി​​​നു സ​​​ജ്ജ​​​മാ​​​യി​​​രി​​​ക്കു​​​ക​​​യാ​​​ണ് ഈ ​​​നാ​​​ട​​​കം.      

എം​എ​സ്‌ടി സു​വ​ർ​ണ ജൂ​ബി​ലി ആ​ഘോ​ഷ​ങ്ങ​ൾ​ക്ക് ഇ​ന്ന് മൈലാപ്പൂരിൽ തു​ട​ക്കമാകും

കൊ​​​ച്ചി: സീ​​​റോ​​​മ​​​ല​​​ബാ​​​ർ സ​​​ഭ​​​യു​​​ടെ പ്രേ​​​ഷി​​​ത​​​മു​​​ന്ന​​​ണി​​​യാ​​​യ സെ​​​ന്‍റ് തോ​​​മ​​​സ് മി​​​ഷ​​​ന​​​റി സൊ​​​സൈ​​​റ്റി (എം​​​എ​​​സ്ടി) സു​​​വ​​​ർ​​​ണ ജൂ​​​ബി​​​ലി ആ​​​ഘോ​​​ഷ​​​ങ്ങ​​​ൾ​​​ക്ക് ഇ​​​ന്നു തു​​​ട​​​ക്ക​​​മാ​​​കും. അ​​​തി​​​ന്‍റെ ഭാ​​​ഗ​​​മാ​​​യി മൈ​​​ലാ​​​പ്പൂ​​​രി​​​ലെ സെ​​​ന്‍റ് തോ​​​മ​​​സ് ബ​​​സി​​​ലി​​​ക്ക​​​യി​​​ൽ ഇ​​​ന്ന് 50 എം​​​എ​​​സ്ടി വൈ​​​ദി​​​ക​​​ർ ഒ​​​രു​​​മി​​​ച്ച് സ​​​മൂ​​​ഹ​​​ബ​​​ലി അ​​​ർ​​​പ്പി​​​ക്കും.  ക​​​ഴി​​​ഞ്ഞ 50 വ​​​ർ​​​ഷ​​​ത്തെ ച​​​രി​​​ത്ര​​​ത്തി​​​ൽ ഓ​​​രോ വ​​​ർ​​​ഷ​​​വും പ​​​ട്ടം സ്വീ​​​ക​​​രി​​​ച്ച ബാ​​​ച്ചു​​​ക​​​ളി​​​ൽ​​നി​​​ന്ന് ഓ​​​രോ വൈ​​​ദി​​​ക​​​ർ വീ​​​ത​​​മാ​​​ണ് ഈ ​​​സ​​​മൂ​​​ഹ​​​ബ​​​ലി​​​യി​​​ൽ പ​​​ങ്കു​​​ചേ​​​രു​​​ന്ന​​​ത്.  വി​​​ശു​​​ദ്ധ തോ​​​മാ​​​ശ്ലീ​​​ഹാ​​​യു​​​ടെ നാ​​​മ​​​ത്തി​​​ൽ സ്ഥാ​​​പി​​​ത​​​മാ​​​യ പ്രേ​​​ഷി​​​ത മു​​​ന്ന​​​ണി​​​യാ​​​യ​​​തി​​​നാ​​​ൽ ആ ​​​വി​​​ശു​​​ദ്ധ​​​നാ​​​യ ക്രി​​​സ്തു​​​ശി​​​ഷ്യ​​​ന്‍റെ ക​​​ബ​​​റി​​​ട​​​ത്തി​​​ൽ ദി​​​വ്യ​​​ബ​​​ലി​​​യ​​​ർ​​​പ്പി​​​ച്ചാ​​​ണു സു​​​വ​​​ർ​​​ണ​​​ജൂ​​​ബി​​​ലി​​​യാ​​​ഘോ​​​ഷ​​​ങ്ങ​​​ളി​​​ലേ​​​ക്കു പ്ര​​​വേ​​​ശി​​​ക്കു​​​ന്ന​​​ത്.  എം​​​എ​​​സ്ടി സ​​​ഭാം​​​ഗ​​​വും മ​​​ധ്യ​​​പ്ര​​​ദേ​​​ശി​​​ലെ ഉ​​​ജ്ജൈ​​​ൻ രൂ​​​പ​​​താ​​​ധ്യ​​​ക്ഷ​​​നു​​​മാ​​​യ മാ​​​ർ സെ​​​ബാ​​​സ്റ്റ്യ​​​ൻ വ​​​ട​​​ക്കേ​​​ൽ സ​​​മൂ​​​ഹ​​​ബ​​​ലി​​​ക്കു മു​​​ഖ്യ​​​കാ​​​ർ​​​മി​​​ക​​​ത്വം വ​​​ഹി​​​ക്കും. മൈ​​​ലാ​​​പ്പൂ​​​ർ ആ​​​ർ​​​ച്ച്ബി​​​ഷ​​​പ് ഡോ.​​അ​​​ന്തോ​​​ണി​​​സാ​​​മി വി. ​​​തോ​​​മാ​​​ശ്ലീ​​​ഹാ​​​യു​​​ടെ ക​​​ബ​​​റി​​​ട​​​ത്തി​​​ൽ വ​​​ച്ച് തെ​​​ളി​​​ച്ചു ന​​​ൽ​​​കു​​​ന്ന ദീ​​​പം എം​​​എ​​​സ്ടി ജ​​​ന​​​റാ​​​ളാ​​​യ ഫാ.​​​കു​​​ര്യ​​​ൻ അ​​​മ്മ​​​ന​​​ത്തു​​​കു​​​ന്നേ​​​ൽ ഏ​​​റ്റു​​​വാ​​​ങ്ങും. അ​​​ണ​​​യാ​​​തെ കേ​​​ര​​​ള​​​ത്തി​​​ൽ എ​​​ത്തി​​​ക്കു​​​ന്ന ഈ ​​​ദീ​​​പം ഭ​​​ര​​​ണ​​​ങ്ങാ​​​ന​​​ത്തി​​​ന​​​ടു​​​ത്ത് മേ​​​ല​​​ന്പാ​​​റ​​​യി​​​ലു​​​ള്ള ദീ​​​പ്തി​​​ഭ​​​വ​​​നി​​​ൽ സ്വീ​​​ക​​​രി​​​ച്ചു സീ​​​റോ മ​​​ല​​​ബാ​​​ർ സ​​​ഭ മേ​​​ജ​​​ർ ആ​​​ർ​​​ച്ച്ബി​​​ഷ​​​പ് ക​​​ർ​​​ദി​​​നാ​​​ൾ മാ​​​ർ ജോ​​​ർ​​​ജ് ആ​​​ല​​​ഞ്ചേ​​​രി ജൂ​​​ബി​​​ലി​​​ദീ​​​പം തെ​​ളി​​ക്കും.  ഒ​​​രു വ​​​ർ​​​ഷം നീ​​​ണ്ടു​​​നി​​​ൽ​​​ക്കു​​​ന്ന ജൂ​​​ബി​​​ലി​​​യാ​​​ഘോ​​​ഷ​​​ങ്ങ​​​ളു​​​ടെ ക്ര​​​മീ​​​ക​​​ര​​​ണ​​​ത്തി​​​നാ​​​യി നി​​​ര​​​വ​​​ധി ക​​​മ്മി​​​റ്റി​​​ക​​​ൾ രൂ​​​പീ​​​ക​​​രി​​​ച്ചു പ്ര​​​വ​​​ർ​​​ത്ത​​​നം ന​​​ട​​​ന്നു​​​കൊ​​​ണ്ടി​​​രി​​​ക്കു​​​ക​​​യാ​​​ണെ​​​ന്നു ജൂ​​​ബി​​​ലി​​​യാ​​​ഘോ​​​ഷ​​​ങ്ങ​​​ളു​​​ടെ കോ-​​​ഓ​​​ർ​​​ഡി​​​നേ​​​റ്റ​​​റാ​​​യ ഫാ. ​​​ജോ​​​സ് അ​​​യ്യ​​​ങ്ക​​​നാ​​​ൽ അ​​​റി​​​യി​​​ച്ചു. -    

എം​എ​സ്ടി സു​വ​ർ​ണ ജൂ​ബി​ലി ആ​ഘോ​ഷ​ങ്ങ​ൾ​ക്ക് തു​ട​ക്കം

കൊ​​​ച്ചി: സെ​​​ന്‍റ് തോ​​​മ​​​സ് മി​​​ഷ​​​ന​​​റി സൊ​​​സൈ​​​റ്റി​​​യു​​​ടെ (എം​​​എ​​​സ്ടി) സു​​​വ​​​ർ​​​ണ ജൂ​​​ബി​​​ലി​​​യാ​​​ഘോ​​​ഷ​​​ങ്ങ​​​ൾ​​​ക്കു തു​​​ട​​​ക്ക​​​മാ​​​യി. മൈ​​​ലാ​​​പ്പൂ​​​രി​​​ലെ സെ​​​ന്‍റ്. തോ​​​മ​​​സ് ബ​​​സി​​​ലി​​​ക്ക​​​യി​​​ൽ എം​​​എ​​​സ്ടി​​​യു​​​ടെ ജ​​​ന​​​റാ​​​ൾ ഫാ.​​​കു​​​ര്യ​​​ൻ അ​​​മ്മ​​​ന​​​ത്തു​​​കു​​​ന്നേ​​​ലി​​​ന്‍റെ മു​​​ഖ്യ​​​കാ​​​ർ​​​മി​​​ക​​​ത്വ​​​ത്തി​​​ൽ ഇ​​ന്ന​​ലെ വൈ​​കു​​ന്നേ​​രം 50 വൈ​​​ദി​​​ക​​​ർ സ​​​മൂ​​​ഹ​​​ബ​​​ലി​​​യ​​​ർ​​​പ്പി​​​ച്ചു.  എം​​​എ​​​സ്ടി സ​​​ഭാം​​​ഗ​​​വും മ​​​ധ്യ​​​പ്ര​​​ദേ​​​ശി​​​ലെ ഉ​​​ജ്ജൈ​​​ൻ രൂ​​​പ​​​താ​​​ധ്യ​​​ക്ഷ​​​നു​​​മാ​​​യ മാ​​​ർ സെ​​​ബാ​​​സ്റ്റ്യ​​​ൻ വ​​ട​​ക്കേ​​ൽ സ​​ന്നി​​ഹി​​ത​​നാ​​യി​​രു​​ന്നു. നാ​​​ളെ വൈ​​​കു​​​ന്നേ​​​രം 5.30ന് ​​​ന​​​ട​​​ക്കു​​​ന്ന സു​​​വ​​​ർ​​​ണ​​​ജൂ​​​ബി​​​ലി ഉ​​​ദ്ഘാ​​​ട​​​ന​​​ച​​​ട​​​ങ്ങി​​​ൽ സീ​​​റോ​ മ​​​ല​​​ബാ​​​ർ സ​​​ഭ​ മേ​​​ജ​​​ർ ആ​​​ർ​​​ച്ച്ബി​​​ഷ​​​പ് ക​​​ർ​​​ദി​​​നാ​​​ൾ മാ​​​ർ​ ജോ​​​ർ​​​ജ് ആ​​​ല​​​ഞ്ചേ​​​രി ജൂ​​​ബി​​​ലി​​​ദീ​​​പം തെ​​​ളി​​​​ക്കും.    

എം​എസ്ടി ജൂ​ബി​ലി​ദീ​പം ഇ​ന്നു തെ​ളി​യും

കൊ​​​ച്ചി: മി​​​ഷ​​​ന​​​റി സ​​​മൂ​​​ഹ​​​മാ​​​യ എം​​​എ​​​സ്ടി സു​​​വ​​​ർ​​​ണ​​​ജൂ​​​ബി​​​ലി വ​​​ർ​​​ഷ​​​ത്തി​​​ലേ​​​ക്ക് പ്ര​​​വേ​​​ശി​​​ച്ചു.​​​ സു​​​വ​​​ർ​​​ണ ജൂ​​​ബി​​​ലി​​​യാ​​​ഘോ​​​ഷ​​​ങ്ങ​​​ളോ​​​ട​​​നു​​​ബ​​​ന്ധി​​​ച്ച് ഇ​​​ന്നു രാ​​​വി​​​ലെ 6.30ന് ​​​മാ​​​തൃ​​​ഭ​​​വ​​​ന​​​മാ​​​യ ഭ​​​ര​​​ണ​​​ങ്ങാ​​​നം മേ​​​ല​​​ന്പാ​​​റ ദീ​​​പ്തി​​​ഭ​​​വ​​​നി​​​ൽ ഉ​​​ജ്ജൈ​​​ൻ രൂ​​​പ​​​താ​​​ധ്യ​​​ക്ഷ​​​നും എം​​​എ​​​സ്ടി സ​​​മൂ​​​ഹാം​​​ഗ​​​വു​​​മാ​​​യ മാ​​​ർ സെ​​​ബാ​​​സ്റ്റ്യ​​​ൻ വ​​​ട​​​ക്കേ​​​ലി​​​ന്‍റെ മു​​​ഖ്യ​​​കാ​​​ർ​​​മി​​​ക​​​ത്വ​​​ത്തി​​​ൽ ദി​​​വ്യ​​​ബ​​​ലി​​​യ​​​ർ​​​പ്പി​​​ക്കും. വൈ​​​കു​​​ന്നേ​​​രം 5.30ന് ​​​ജൂ​​​ബി​​​ലി​​​യാ​​​ഘോ​​​ഷ​​​ങ്ങ​​​ളു​​​ടെ ഔ​​​ദ്യോ​​​ഗി​​​ക ഉ​​​ദ്ഘാ​​​ട​​​ന​​​വും ന​​​ട​​​ക്കും. മൈ​​​ലാ​​​പ്പൂ​​​രി​​​ലെ വി​​ശു​​ദ്ധ ​തോ​​​മാ​​​ശ്ലീ​​​ഹാ​​​യു​​​ടെ ക​​​ബ​​​റി​​​ട​​​ത്തി​​​ൽ നി​​​ന്നു തെ​​​ളി​​​ച്ച ദീ​​​പം ആ​​​ഘോ​​​ഷ​​​മാ​​​യി സ്വീ​​​ക​​​രി​​​ക്കും. ഈ ​​​വി​​​ള​​​ക്കു​​​കൊ​​​ണ്ട് സീ​​​റോ മ​​​ല​​​ബാ​​​ർ സ​​​ഭ മേ​​​ജ​​​ർ ആ​​​ർ​​​ച്ച്ബി​​​ഷ​​​പ് ക​​​ർ​​​ദി​​​നാ​​​ൾ മാ​​​ർ ജോ​​​ർ​​​ജ് ആ​​​ല​​​ഞ്ചേ​​​രി ജൂ​​​ബി​​​ലി ദീ​​​പം തെ​​​ളി​​​ച്ച് സു​​​വ​​​ർ​​​ണ ജൂ​​​ബി​​​ലി​​​യാ​​​ഘോ​​​ഷ​​​ങ്ങ​​​ൾ ഉ​​​ദ്ഘാ​​​ട​​​നം ചെ​​​യ്യും. എം​​​എ​​​സ്ടി​​​ക്കു വേ​​​ണ്ടി ക​​​ലാ​​​കാ​​​ര​​​നാ​​​യ ജിനു ജോര്‍ജ്ജ് തോടുവേലി വ​​​ര​​​ച്ച വി​​ശു​​ദ്ധ ​തോ​​​മാ​​​ശ്ലീ​​​ഹാ​​​യു​​​ടെ എ​​​ട്ട​​​ടി വ​​​ലി​​​പ്പ​​​മു​​​ള്ള പു​​​തി​​​യ ഛായാ​​​ചി​​​ത്രം ച​​ട​​ങ്ങി​​ൽ പ്ര​​​കാ​​​ശ​​​നം ചെ​​​യ്യും.    

Inaugural Address by His Beatitude George Cardinal Alencherry on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Missionary Society of St Thomas, Melampara, on 22 February 2017

 Missionary Society of St Thomas (MST) is one of the most cherished pastoral projects of Mar Sebastian Vayalil, the first Bishop of Palai. Though there may be several founding members, there is only one founder: Mar Sebastian Vayalil of happy memory, a great visionary who accomplished a historical mission. He was well aware of the missionary character that the Syro-Malabar Church had ever maintained and which flourished during the latter half of the twentieth century. This Church during nineteen fifties, sixties and seventies sent a number of missionaries to the Latin dioceses outside Kerala. The eparchy of Palai was one of the eparchies that sent the most number of missionaries. Having reflected this overflow of missionaries from the Syro-Malabar Church, the question arose why this church cannot have its own missionary activities. As a result of this reflection the MST was born. Ever since its inception, the Society has contributed a lot to the growth of the missionary vision in the SyroMalabar Church. Not only the activities of the MST but also the missionary witness of the Eparchy of Ujjain are worthy of mention in this context. I am glad to say that the MST, through its three mission regions, St. Paul’s Region in Ujjain, St. Thomas Region in Mandya, St. Alphonsa Region in Sangli and one delegation in Delhi, has contributed considerably in the fields of evangelization, pastoral care, general education, special education, health care, empowerment of the differently abled, rehabilitation and so on. MST carries out its mission through these various apostolic activities in view of creating a harmonious, value based society, transforming the society to establish the Kingdom of God. By sending so many missionaries to different parts of India and abroad, the Missionary Society has always been and is still in the forefront by providing pastoral care to the Syro-Malabar migrant communities. I gratefully acknowledge the effective and active leadership that Bishop Sebastian Vadakel MST is giving to the Commission for Evangelization and Pastoral Care of the Migrants, as its present Chairman. MST collaborates very actively also with the various eparchies in and outside Kerala by lending services of its priests. Furthermore, the Major Archiepiscopal Curia too gets the service of the MST fathers in different ways. Presently Fr Joseph Pulavelil is serving as Secretary to Bishop Raphael Thattil, the Apostolic Visitator for India and in this capacity he is also coordinating the Syro-Malabar mission activities. In this context we must be aware that our Church is not yet fully granted with the rightful provisions the Second Vatican Council had envisaged fifty three years ago. Even though the Council Fathers taught, “Means should be taken therefore in every part of the world for the protection and advancement of all the individual Churches and, to this end, there should be established parishes and a special hierarchy where the spiritual good of the faithful demands it” (OE, 4), we know well that there are still a number of places in various parts of India and in the Gulf Countries, where our migrant faithful are not well provided with the pastoral care with proper jurisdiction of our own Church sui iuris. Right from the very beginning MST missionaries, by giving due priority, had been actively engaged in the field of school education. A good number of the schools in the Eparchy of Ujjain were started by the MST priests who were also instrumental in starting schools in many other dioceses. Now the Society has its own educational institutions as well as many non- formal education centres in the missions. MST’s educational apostolate is now active in the African country of Tanzania too. The contributions of this Society of priests in the social field are praiseworthy. Care and rehabilitation of the differently abled persons, rehabilitation of the HIV/AIDS affected and infected people and their families, medical and psychological support to the mentally ill, family counselling, child centred activities, old age homes, providing food to the needy, shelter to the homeless are some of the important ministries that the MST carries out in view of creating a harmonious and value based society. I now recollect my visit to the Sangli Mission in the month of February 2015, on the occasion of its Silver Jubilee. The missionary zeal of the priests, sisters and lay people who work there with one heart and mind still remains live in my memory. It was a unique experience for me to be an eye witness of the wonderful missionary apostolate that the MST priests undertake also in other parts of our country. The Communication ministry of the MST also deserves special mention. The Society does a lot of effective service in this filed. The IMPACT (Initiatives for Missionary Pastoral Animation and Communication Theology) functioning at Thevackal, Ernakulam, is doing a lot by organizing workshops and seminars on mission and pastoral communication for children and adults. I am glad to acknowledge the pioneering leadership given by Fr Jose Palakeel MST, the present assistant Director General, to start the Syro-Malabar Church Internet Mission. The SMCIM is now running very well under the efficient leadership of Fr Joby Maprakavil MST. The Society has contributed to create a mission culture in the Syro-Malabar Church. The Ruhalaya Seminary in Ujjain is forming priests with special missionary outlook. There have been studies on Mission theology and many of the MST fathers have written research papers on mission. Now it is up to all concerned to accept and foster the Society as a missionary power house for the Syro-Malabar Church as a whole.  I do appreciate and congratulate the Directors General, presently Fr Kurian Ammanathukunnel, and the priests who have given effective leadership to the Society in the past 50 years. The Society has also produced two missionaries in the Episcopal Service: Late Bishop Mar John Perumattam, the first Director General and the first Bishop of Ujjain and Mar Sebastian Vadakel, the present Bishop of Ujjain. The name of Fr Joseph Maliparampil, one of the founding members of MST, is to be specially mentioned in an occasion like this for the missionary zeal with which he has worked for the founding of Cherupushpa Mission League and the promotion of so many vocations to priesthood and religious life. I also specially acknowledge the person of Fr Sebastian Thuruthel MST, who was my teacher in the Major Seminary. The Syro-Malabar Church has recently honoured him with the title Vaidikaratnam. The Vatican Council II, in its decree on the mission activity of the church teaches, “The pilgrim Church is missionary by her very nature, since it is from the mission of the Son and the mission of the Holy Spirit that she draws her origin, in accordance with the decree of God the Father” (AG, n. 2). Christ “founded His Church as the sacrament of salvation and sent His Apostles into all the world just as He Himself had been sent by His Father” (AG, n.5). Blessed Pope Paul VI, in his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, wrote: “Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize, that is to say, in order to preach and teach, to be the channel of the gift of grace, to reconcile sinners with God, and to perpetuate Christ's sacrifice in the Mass, which is the memorial of His death and glorious resurrection” (EN, n. 14). The Pope continues, “Evangelization is for no one, an individual and isolated act; it is one that is deeply ecclesial. When the most obscure preacher, catechist or pastor in the most distant land preaches the Gospel, gathers his little community together or administers a sacrament, even alone, he is carrying out an ecclesial act, and his 5 action is certainly attached to the evangelizing activity of the whole Church by institutional relationships, but also by profound invisible links in the order of grace. This presupposes that he acts not in virtue of a mission which he attributes to himself or by a personal inspiration, but in union with the mission of the Church and in her name” (EN 60). Thinking in this line we have to say that the individual missionary preaches in the name of the Church, not in his or her name. Let us continue to exercise all our ministries in the Church as ecclesial acts which build up the church. Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium says, “Though it is true that this mission demands great generosity on our part, it would be wrong to see it as a heroic individual undertaking, for it is first and foremost the Lord’s work, surpassing anything which we can see and understand. Jesus is “the first and greatest evangelizer”. In every activity of evangelization, the primacy always belongs to God, who has called us to cooperate with him and who leads us on by the power of his Spirit. (n. 12) Regarding new Evangelization also Pope Francis has his appeal: “we cannot forget that evangelization is first and foremost about preaching the Gospel to those who do not know Jesus Christ or who have always rejected him. Many of them are quietly seeking God, led by a yearning to see his face, even in countries of ancient Christian tradition. All of them have a right to receive the Gospel. Christians have the duty to proclaim the Gospel without excluding anyone. Instead of seeming to impose new obligations, they should appear as people who wish to share their joy, who point to a horizon of beauty and who invite others to a delicious banquet. It is not by proselytizing that the Church grows, but “by attraction”. (ibid n. 13). Evangelization of the poor is another important emphasis in the teaching of Pope Francis. “Evangelize the poor: this is the mission of Jesus; this is also the mission of the Church and of all the baptized in the Church. To be a Christian 6 and to be a missionary is the same thing,” the Pope said on Jan. 24, 2016 to the people gathered in Saint Peter's Square. In the same speech the Pope continued: “What does it mean to evangelize the poor? It means to be close to them, to serve them, to free them from oppression, and all this in the name and with the Spirit of Christ, because he is the Gospel of God, he is the mercy of God, and he is the liberation of God.” The Pope also says that everyone needs to be evangelized, both the evangelizer and the one who hears him. In his angelus address on January 26, 2014, the Pope said, “Jesus teaches us that the Good News, which he brings, is not reserved to one part of humanity, it is to be communicated to everyone”. With the new emphases in the vision of evangelization proposed by the magisterium, the Church has taken equally new approaches in the mission of evangelization and I appeal to the Missionary Society of St Thomas the Apostle to embark on this new challenge and give the Syro-Malabar Church and the Church in India a new missionary orientation. You have to take up researches and studies in your houses of academics and practical approaches in your mission fields. This is a great challenge, but you can do it. May God give you through His Spirit all the strength you need for this purpose! With these words let me declare the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Missionary Society of St Thomas inaugurated.    

എം എസ് റ്റി പ്രേഷിതപ്രവര്‍ത്തനത്തിന്‍റെ ചാലകശക്തി - കര്‍ദ്ദിനാള്‍ ജോര്‍ജ്ജ് ആലഞ്ചേരി എം. എസ്. റ്റി സുവര്‍ണ്ണ ജൂബിലി ഉദ്ഘാടനം ചെയ്തു

സെന്‍റ് തോമസ് മിഷനറി സൊസൈറ്റി (എം. എസ്. റ്റി) വൈദികര്‍ പ്രേഷിത പ്രവര്‍ത്തനത്തിന്‍റെ സമര്‍പ്പണ ബോധവും ഉത്തരവാദിത്തവും ഉള്‍ച്ചേര്‍ന്ന ചാലകശക്തിയാണെന്ന് സിറോ മലബാര്‍ സഭ ആര്‍ച്ച്ബിഷപ്പ് കര്‍ ദ്ദിനാള്‍ ജോര്‍ജ്ജ് ആലഞ്ചേരി. സെന്‍റ് തോമസ് മിഷനറി സൊസൈറ്റി സുവര്‍ണ്ണ ജൂബിലി ആഘോഷം ജൂബിലി തിരി തെളിയിച്ച ഉദ്ഘാടനം െ ചയ്തു സംസാരിക്കുകയായിരുന്നു അദ്ദേഹം. ആഗോള സഭയില്‍ എം എസ് റ്റി പ്രേഷിതപ്രവര്‍ത്തനത്തിന് പുതിയ ഒരു അധ്യായം കുറിക്കുമെന്നാണ് താന്‍ പ്രത്യാശിക്കുന്നത്. സുവര്‍ണ്ണ ജൂബിലി ആഘോഷം എം എസ് റ്റി ക്ക് ഒരു ചരിത്ര മുഹൂര്‍ത്തമാണെന്നും കര്‍ദ്ദിനാള്‍ കൂട്ടിച്ചേര്‍ത്തു.   പാലാ രൂപതയുടെ ഇടയനായ ആര്‍ച്ച്ബിഷപ് ജോസഫ് കല്ലറങ്ങാട്ട് അധ്യക്ഷത വഹിച്ചു. മഹാത്മാഗാന്ധി യൂണിവേഴ്സിറ്റി വൈസ് ചാന്‍സലറായ ഡോ. ബാബു സെബാസ്റ്റ്യന്‍ വിശിഷ്ടാതിഥിയും, സിറോ മലബാര്‍ സഭയുടെ തലവനായ കര്‍ദ്ദിനാള്‍ ജോര്‍ജ്ജ് ആലഞ്ചേരി മുഖ്യാതിഥിയുമായിരുന്നു. ഡി. എസ്. റ്റി സഭയുടെ ജനറാള്‍ സി. ലിസ, എം. എസ്. റ്റി മുന്‍ ജനറാള്‍ ഡോ. കുര്യന്‍ വലിയമംഗലം  എന്നിവര്‍ പ്രസംഗിച്ചു. ചടങ്ങില്‍ കൈതവന സ്വദേശിയായ ജിനു ജോര്‍ജ്ജ് തോടുവേലി എം. എസ്. റ്റി ക്കു വേണ്ടി വരച്ച . തോമാശ്ലീഹായുടെ പുതിയ എണ്ണഛായാചിത്രം അനാഛാദനം ചെയ്തു. ഒട്ടേറെ സവിശേഷതകളുള്ളതാണ്, എട്ടടി വലിപ്പമുള്ള ഈ എണ്ണഛായാചിത്രം.   ജൂബിലി ആഘോഷങ്ങള്‍ അടുത്ത വര്‍ഷം ഫെബ്രുവരി 22 വരെ നീണ്ടുനില്ക്കുമെന്ന് ജൂബിലി ആഘോഷങ്ങളുടെ ജനറല്‍ കണ്‍വീനറായ ഫാ. ജോസ് പാലക്കീല്‍ അറിയിച്ചു. ഫെബ്രുവരി 20ന് മൈലാപ്പൂരിലെ സെന്‍റ്. തോമസ് ബസിലിക്കയില്‍ വച്ച് തെളിയിച്ച ദീപം അണയാതെ ദീപ്തി മൗണ്ടില്‍ എത്തിച്ച് ആ ദീപത്തില്‍ നിന്നുമാണ് ജൂബിലി ദീപത്തിന് തിരി തെളിച്ചത്. കര്‍ദ്ദിനാള്‍ തെളിയിച്ച ഈ ദീപം ജൂബിലി സമാപനം വരെ അണയാതെ സൂക്ഷിക്കാനുള്ള പ്രത്യേക സംവിധാനമാണ് എം. എസ്. റ്റി മാതൃഭവനമായ ദീപ്തിഭവനില്‍ ഒരുക്കിയിരിക്കുന്നത്.   സിറോ മലബാര്‍ സഭയ്ക്കുവേണ്ടി പ്രേഷിതപ്രവര്‍ത്തനം നടത്തുന്നതിനായി പാലാ രൂപതയുടെ പ്രഥമ മെത്രാന്‍ സെബാസ്റ്റ്യന്‍ വയലില്‍ പിതാവ് 1968 ഫെബ്രുവരി 22ന് സ്ഥാപിച്ച എം. എസ്. റ്റി സമൂഹത്തില്‍ ഇന്ന് ഒരു മെത്രാനും, 354 വൈദികരുമുണ്ട്. എം. എസ്. റ്റി വൈദികര്‍ ഇന്ന് ഒട്ടേറെ രാജ്യങ്ങളില്‍ സേവനം ചെയ്യുന്നുണ്ട്. പ്രേഷിതപ്രവര്‍ത്തനങ്ങള്‍ക്കു പുറമേ കൗണ്‍സലിംഗ് സെന്‍റര്‍, ആയുര്‍വേദ ചികിത്സ, നിര്‍ധന വിദ്യാര്‍ത്ഥികള്‍ക്കുള്ള ഹോസ്റ്റല്‍ എന്നിവ നടത്തുന്നുണ്ട്. മധ്യപ്രദേശിലെ ഉജ്ജൈന്‍, കര്‍ണ്ണാടകയിലെ മാണ്ഡ്യ എന്നീ രൂപതകളുടെ രൂപീകരണത്തില്‍ എം. എസ്. റ്റി വലിയ പങ്ക് വഹിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. കര്‍ണ്ണാടക, മഹാരാഷ്ട്ര, മധ്യപ്രദേശ്, ഡല്‍ഹി എന്നീ സംസ്ഥാനങ്ങളാണ് എം. എസ്. റ്റിയുടെ ഇന്ത്യയിലെ പ്രധാന പ്രവര്‍ത്തനമേഖലകള്‍.