Opening of the Centenary Year
“God cares for you and He has a plan for you,” said Bishop Barthol at the Centenary celebrations of the Pauline
Cooperators founded by Blessed James Alberione. The Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay, presiding over the Eucharist on Sunday 25 June 2017 at Saint Theresa’s Church, Bandra, eulogized Alberione for the kind of vision he had of having lay people involved in the Church’s mission when he established the Pauline Cooperators a hundred years ago. He pointed out that the purpose of Laity Sunday was to remind us all about using our God-given talents in the service of Church and society alike.
The event was jointly organized by the Society of Saint Paul [SSP], the Daughters of Saint Paul [DSP], the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master [PDDM] and the Pauline Cooperators [PC] (which included the ‘Friends of the Divine Master’ [FDM], a PDDM affiliate).
In the Introduction to the Mass, Ladislaus L D’Souza, Pauline Cooperator [from the first batch to take the Pauline Cooperator’s Pledge in 2003] pointed the congregation that “our observance of Laity Sunday would be incomplete without pondering our own individual contribution as lay people towards uncovering the beauty of the Good News and making clear its hidden message through the latest means of social communication.”
The Presidential Procession was led by the Cooperators wearing specially designed stoles bearing the Cooperators’ emblem, with the ‘Pledged’ members wearing the association’s emblem-pin.
Concelebrating with the Bishop were the SSP Vicar Provincial, Father Devasia Puthiaparambil, Fathers Shaju and Thomas, SSP Provincial Councillors, and other Pauline priests, along with Father Fr Jolly SVD, Parish Priest of Saint Theresa’s Church.
DSP Sister Antonette Jesumani thanked His Lordship for graciously consenting to preside at the Eucharistic celebration and for his deeply significant message in the Homily. A special powerpoint presentation on the role of the Pauline Cooperator in the Pauline mission was screened before the Final Blessing.
Light refreshments and a bookmark as memento, to the accompaniment of rain-showers brought the curtain down on the opening of the Centenary Year of the establishment of the Pauline Cooperator.