H.E. Mar Thomas Elavanal initiates weddings & houses..

April 14, 2013 by  
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50 SAMUH VIVAH & 30 HOUSES FOR THE NEEDY
Social-Charitable Jubilee Celebration of Kalyan Diocese

Social Charitable Jubilee CelebrationIn order to help the poor and needy eligible spinsters in Maharashtra, a Samuh Vivah (Mass wedding) was conducted on April 4, 2013 as part the silver Jubilee year of the diocese of Kalyan. The programme was conducted under the leadership of the Karunya Trust in collaboration with Rahel George Charitable Trust.  50 couples were selected from the state of Maharashtra, based on socio-economic condition of their family. The wedding ceremony was conducted according to Hindu, Dalith, Muslim and Christian marriage rituals. All the couples were provided with basic gifts and other wedding expenses in cash and kind amounting to Rs. 75,000 per couple.

People started arriving at St. Therasa’s Convent High School Ground Kalegaon, Dombivli East, Maharashtra by 6.30 am itself. A crowd of 3000 people attended the functions. After preparations and lunch, the marriage ceremony began at 2 pm. Four different religious priests led the wedding in four different places which prolonged for 2 hours. A public meeting was held to felicitate the couple which began at 4 pm. Shri. Kodikunnil Suresh, Hon. Union Labour Minister, in his Inaugural Address praised the activities of the Eparchy of Kalyan in the social charitable fields. In his presidential address, His Excellency Mar Thomas Elavanal, Bishop of Kalyan briefed about the social charitable activities of the Eparchy of Kalyan and thanked everyone for their significant role. Shri. Johnny Joseph, Upa Lokayukta, Maharashtra and Shri. Ramesh Ratan Patil, MLA of Kalyan Rural constituency expressed that the social activities of the Eparchy are really model for various religious groups.

All the speakers congratulated the organizers and blessed the couple. Msgr. Jacob Porathur, the Vicar General welcomed and the Rev. Fr. Paul Kunduparambil, the Social Action Director thanked everyone. The other dignitaries on the dias were Rev. Fr. George Vattamattom (Convenor); Rev. Fr. Jose Kokkopuzha (Kalyan Zonal Vicar), Rev. Sr. Niles CMC (Regional Superior); Mr. M.G. Philip, Mrs. Mollamma Philip and Mr. M.G. Stephan (Trustees of the Rahel George Charitable Trust) and Mrs. Rosily Thomas (Pastoral Council Secretary). The presence of other eminent personalities from political, social & religious arena added flavour to the function. During the function, the diocese of Kalyan handed over the keys of 30 houses constructed for the poor and needy in the rural areas of Ambernath, Bhiwandi and Kalyan Taluka. This is a part of social project for the rehabilitation of the poor in the area. The function ended at 6:30 pm.

Social Charitable Jubilee CelebrationKarunya Trust is a Multi Religious NGO, registered under Bombay Public Trust Act 1950 formed in May 1998, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Eparchy of Kalyan which was inaugurated by the then Governor of Maharashtra, Honorable Dr. P.C. Alexander. Karunya trust dedicated for the upliftment of the downtrodden and the marginalized without any discrimination of caste and creed. The community development, animation, education, empowerment and health care are the key areas of its activities. Women, children, physically and mentally challenged and aged people are its focus groups and the HIV affected and infected children and infected parents are its special target groups.

Rahel George Charitable Trust was registered in the year 2007 and has been actively engaged in discharging its social responsibility. Starting various activities in Kerala, today the trust is expanding its activities to other regions of India particularly Maharashtra where the trust is registered.

– fr. francis eluvathingal (chancellor)

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