14 Cardinal spends Easter at Clergy Home - Nirmala Carvalho

posted Apr 20, 2017, 8:08 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 8:08 AM ]
Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, spent Easter morning celebrating Mass for the retired priests of the Archdiocese of Bombay, telling them: "Thank you very much, dear Fathers! God bless you!"

Presiding at the Easter morning Mass with the retired priests of the Diocesan Clergy Home in Bandra West, Mumbai, Cardinal Gracias told the priests he had fond memories of working with them in their various ministries in the Archdiocese of Bombay, and encouraged them in their new "apostolate of prayer and of rest."

"We are grateful for all that you have done and for all that you have given to the Archdiocese over years," Cardinal Gracias told the priests.

"I am personally aware of the great dedication, commitment and generosity with which you priests have selflessly served our people, in spite of the numerous challenges involved," the cardinal said.

It is a tradition which the cardinal has carried out since he was appointed Archbishop of Bombay in 2006. Every Christmas and Easter, he presides at Mass at the Diocesan Clergy Home in Bandra West, Mumbai. He has made it part of his mission to affirm that the elderly are a treasury of wisdom and a gift of love and beauty for both the Church and the world

"I have fond memories of working with each one of you dear fathers, in your various ministries in the Archdiocese," he continued, "Now, you fathers have a new apostolate … the apostolate of prayer and of rest."

Also present in the congregation were relatives of the priests, volunteers, collaborators, and also the community of Pious Sister Disciples of the Divine Master, who take care of the priests.

Many were visibly moved when the cardinal bent down to distribute the Eucharist to priests who were now in wheelchairs.

Fr Fitzgerald Fernandes, the administrator of the Clergy Home, thanked Cardinal Gracias for his support adding, "Not just on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday, but many times during the year, Cardinal Oswald visits the retired priests, to spend time with them and has accurate updates of each priest's health issues."

The cardinal said Lent was a season to promote a culture of mercy, and Easter is a season to promote a culture of gratitude and tenderness and His Eminence bore witness to the powerful message.

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