Tuesday, April 5, 2016

BIS #4816 REACHING OUT TO THE PARISH ELDERLY

by Wilfred Vaz

 

KUWAIT, APR 5, 2016: The Extraordinary Ministers for Holy Communion Distribution (EMCDs) organised an Outreach programme for the sick, aged and home-bound on March 31 at St Therese of Child Jesus parish in Kuwait.

 

Special arrangements and transportation were made available so that the sick and homebound could meet in church for Holy Mass and fellowship. The Spiritual Director of the EMCD, Father Franco Pereira and Father Jerome Pinto- from Nagpur – celebrated the Holy Eucharist to mark the occasion. 

 

During the homily, Father Pereira stressed that the elderly were a gift and a rich treasury of knowledge and experience. He added that the younger generation must draw on the wisdom and discernment of the elderly. Additionally, he encouraged the elderly to be more active in the parish activities and to continue to contribute towards parish development.

 

Later, all assembled in the church courtyard for a warm fellowship. The EMCD members met with the elderly in keeping with the theme, 'Let us mingle together with the joy and the hope of Easter.' The EMCD's Lester D'Mello, Stephen Machado and Henry D'Souza kept the evening lively and entertaining. 

 

"It was a beautiful event that appeared to touch the hearts of people who are literally kept out of society for no fault of theirs,"  Steven Machado, EMCD member, said. As a token of love from the EMCDs, a Cross with Saint Benedict's Medal, was blessed and gifted to those present.

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