Jubilee of Fr OttaplackalDon Bosco Vaduthala gladly celebrates the Silver Jubilee of the Priestly Ordination of Rev. Fr. Sebastian Ottaplackal SDB. This year being the year of priests the community is indeed blessed to have one of the jubilarians of the province to witness to the faithful ministry of 25 long years. This being an act of witness, the community is taking care to make the celebrations grand.

The first phase of the celebrations was held on December 8. On that day there was the Jubilee celebration by the L P School at 08:30 am with colorful programmes. Don Bosco ITC, Don Bosco Junior School and Don Bosco Senior Secondary School along with all the teaching and non-teaching members of the staff, joined together for a solemn jubilee Mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Thattazham. Sweets and souvenirs were distributed to all the children after the Mass. In the afternoon celebrations were held at the High School Level especially as the jubilarian is the manager of Don Bosco Senior Secondary School.

The Salesian community level celebrations were held on December 17. Confreres of the near by communities joined together at the end of the Trimonthly Recollection, for a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration at the shrine of Our Lady of Thattazham at 06:30 pm. The Eucharist was presided over by Fr. Ottaplackal and Fr. Devassy Chirackel preached the homily. At the end of the Mass, sweets and souvenirs were distributed to all the faithful. After the Mass there was a very informal and joyful get together for the Salesians in the Residence.

The third and fourth phases of the jubilee celebration are awaited: at the Youth Centre on December 26 and at Jubilarian’s home in the first week of January.

Bro. Sumon SDB