Bangalore, December 14, 2019: Soaking in the spirit of Christmas, the Commission for the Differently Abled of the Archdiocese of Bangalore celebrated a Special Christmas program at Paalanaa Bhavana on Saturday, the 14th December. Around 11 Institutions who serve the differently abled took part in this event by staging various cultural performances.
The Archbishop Most Rev. Dr. Peter Machado joined the celebration and was happy to see the joy on the faces of the participants. In his message, “Jesus is present among these Special Children and we should love them in a special way and cater to their special needs” and on this occasion the Archbishop felicated Sr. Mary Mascarenhas, for her forty years of selfless service to the leprosy patients at Sumanahalli Society. A special Christmas cake was cut by him along with the children and the gifts were distributed by the prelate.
The Programme witnessed the scripture reading by Sr. Soumya from SevaSadan. The reflection on the reading was done by Br. Augustine, Founder, Jeevanadhi Spiritual and Charitable Trust.Ms. Estelle D’Souza, a member of the commission welcomed the gathering and thanked them for joining the celebration on a short notice.Mr. John Isaac, a person with hearing impairment donned the role of Santa Claus and enthralled the children with dance and distribution of sweets.At the lunch there was also an opportunity for the children as well as their caregivers to interact with each other.
The post-lunch session began with the cultural programme put up by the Special children from different institutions. Rev. Fr. Cyril Victor, Director, Paalanaa Bhavana, gave a short message about how the differently abled are very special in the eyes of God as they have preserved their innocence, a wonderful gift of God given to every human person.
San Thom Choir, Jalahalli added to the festive spirit with their melodious singing that entertained the gathering. As the celebrations, came to an end, Rev Fr. George Kannanthanam, Secretary, Commission for the Differently Abled thanked everyone for making this event a memorable one. The closing prayer was led by Mr. David Istacky, a member of the commission.
-Fr. Cyril Victor Joseph
Archdiocesan Communication center
Please note: Those interested to know more about the activities of the Commission for Differently Abled, Archdiocese of Bangalore may reach out to Estelle D’Souza, Commission Member. Email- firstname.lastname@example.org, Mob: +916364678629