The Golden Day

The Golden Day of the 50th anniversary the Foundation of NBCLC, was celebrated on the 2nd of May at 5.30 pm at the Maria Niketan School Grounds. The function began with a solemn thanksgiving mass concelebrated by nearly 100 priest including 4 cardinals 37 Archbishops and Bishops, Most Rev.Giambattista Diquattro Apostolic Nuncio was the Main Celebrant.

As the entrance procession moved towards the alter, His Grace Giambattista Diquattro Nunico was welcomed with the Purna Kumba Aarathi by Ms. Durga Devi the Senior most staff member of NBCLC.

His Grace Archbishop Bernard Moras welcomed the large gathering of the faithful and invited them to join the celebration of the Eucharist with a grateful heart for the numerous graces God has showered on NBCLC in the past 50 years. In his homily His Eminence Baselios Cardinal Cleemis expressed joy at the marvellous way NBCLC has pioneered the renewal movement in India after the II Vatican Council.

After the Eucharistic celebration Archbishop Dabre, the Chairman, welcomed all for the felicitation programme. The following books and DVD were then released
1. 'Nava Tarang', the Golden Jubilee souvenir.
2. The Book 'towards the New Horizon'
3. DVD 'Sing to the Lord' (NBCLC BHAJANS)
4. A book 'Prayers before and after meals'
5. My Faith Book
6. The Document 'Dialogue in Truth and Charity' Pastoral Orientation for Inter-religious Dialogue.

His Grace Most Rev. Giambattista Diquattro Apostolic Nuncio.
We thank the Lord for the 50 years of hard work and service of NBCLC in India. Congratulations.

In the book of Leviticus God invites the people to celebrate Jubilee year in Holiness observing His commandments and statutes. So also this Golden Jubilee is a blessed time for all those who are involved in the activities of NBCLC responding to the call of God. We are happy with the activities of NBCLC especially in Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical fields. It stands to promote coordination, renewal work, ministry of the word and to encourage inculturation in all aspects of life. NBCLC takes up the ministry of coordinating the three ritual churches in India which is the richness of Catholicism in India. NBCLC should bear testimony to the Holy Spirit who unites the Church in the diverse charismatic spirit. Responding to the call of the Holy Father Francis, NBCLC should promote the ministry of the word through dialogue with poor, cultures and religions.

In his presidential speech, His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, while congratulating NBCLC in its achievements spoke of the new challenges that NBCLC has to face. His suggested several projects which NBCLC could undertake in the future.

Fr. Sagaya John, the Director thanked the Nunico, the Cardinals, the Archbishops, the Bishops and all the collaborators and well wishers of NBCLC as a finale. A colourful cultural programme celebrating the joy of the Golden Jubilee enchanted one and all. The programme was followed by Agape a meal of love.

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