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It is with great joy that we received the good news of the Holy Father, Pope Francis’s decision to canonize Blessed Joseph Vaz, the Apostle of Sri Lanka.
Our hearts are filled with gratitude to God Almighty for this long-awaited blessing.
We offer our heartfelt thanks to his Holiness, Pope Francis for the decision not only to number Blessed Joseph Vaz among the Saints of the Universal Church but also for giving us the privilege of having the Canonisation on our own soil during his visit to our country.
More details will be notified later on regarding the canonisation.
We appeal to all the Parishes and Institutions of the Catholic Church to say a special prayer of thanks-giving at the end of all the Masses next Sunday, the 21st of September 2014, and soon after to peal joyously the bells of all Churches.
Bishop Vianney Fernando
National Secretariat of the Cause of Canonisation of Blessed Joseph Vaz
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith
Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Sri Lanka
17th September 2014
Almighty and Eternal God, Our loving Father,
we thank you for listening to our humble prayer and pleading
and granting us the great blessing of having
our beloved Apostle of Sri Lanka, Blessed Joseph Vaz
as the First Saint of our Motherland.
Father,we thank you from depths of our hearts
for the gift of our faith
which Blessed Joseph Vaz laboured so valiantly
to preserve during the Dutch persecution.
We thank you for the many wonders and miracles
that have been worked through his intercession
over the past three hundred years.
Help us to deepen our faith,
strengthen our hope
and rekindle our love,
to make us spirit-filled witnesses
to Jesus Christ Our Lord
and the Good News of salvation.
Bless our dear land
And grant lasting peace, reconciliation, unity and prosperity
to Mother Lanka and her people.
BLESSED JOSEPH VAZ DECLARED AS A SAINT
BY POPE FRANCIS
The Holy Father Pope Francis declared Blessed Joseph Vaz as a Saint on 17th September 2014.
He also signed decrees clearing the way for the canonization of an Italian religious sister. He also confirmed miracles attributed to the intercessions of an Italian bishop and a Canadian religious sister, pointing to their beatification in the near future.
Blessed Joseph Vaz, an Indian priest of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, was founder of the Oratory of the Holy Cross of Miracles in Goa (1651-1711). Known as the “Apostle of Sri Lanka” on account of his evangelization of the Sri Lanka, was beatified by St. John Paul II on 21st January 1995.
Source : http://www.archdioceseofcolombo.com
Confirmation - Nanuoya Parish 2014
61st National Catholic Youth Federation 2014
61st National Catholic Youth Federation was held at the National Seminary, Philosaphate - Ampitiya on 22nd – 24th August 2014.
Adult Baptism - 16th August 2014
Seven Adults and two children were baptized during a special Holy Mass on 16th August 2014, at St. Anthony’s Cathedral, Kandy. They were taught and trained by Rev. Sr. Cecilia, at the Blessed Joseph Vaz Inquiry Centre at the Cathedral Kandy. The Diocesan Lay Apostolate Centre coordinated the programme.
18th Certificate Awarding Ceremony of Cholankande Youth Training Centre
The 18th Certificate Awarding Ceremony of the Cholankande Youth Training Centre (CYTC) was held on 26th of July at the St. Joseph Moscati Auditorium with the participation of a representative gathering of distinguished guests, religious dignitaries, officials from Tertiary and Vocational Educational Commission (TVEC), National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA), and City & Guilds, Local Government Officials, Staff Members, Parents, and Pupils ( present & past ), and Well-wishers.
Handing over and Taking over - St. Thomas Church, Matale
Altar servers's Camp - Padiwatte Parish
60 boys of Grade 07-11 of Padiwatte Parish came together for an Altar servers's camp on 19th and 20th August 2014 with special emphasis on Priestly Vocation at Padiwatte and Minor Seminary.
CATHOLIC TV CHANNEL IN SRI-LANKA DECLARED OPENED
His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, ceremonially declared opened and the blessed the Catholic TV Channel studio, at Ragama.
Verbum TV will begin operations through the internet.
The first telecast is scheduled to go on air on 4th December 2014.
Residential Out bound Leadership Training Programme
FEAST AND WALK - Our Lady's Upper School,Nuwara-Eliya
Pope's Sri Lanka trip will be January 13-15, 2015
Newly Built Priestly Home - Marian Rest
Three Deacons of the Diocese of Kandy were ordained as priests on Thursday, 22nd May 2014 at St.Anthony's Cathedral,Kandy
Diamond Jubilee of Fatima Shrine, Padiwatte
John XXIII and John Paul II were canonized Sunday by Pope Francis in an unprecedented ceremony witnessed by huge crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.
Priests renewed their vows to the Catholic Church and to the Bishop Vianney Fernando ,Bishop of Kandy in the Chrism Mass on 14th April 2014 at St.Anthony's Cathedral, Kandy
Passion Play - 2014 at Nuwara Eliya - "Ridee Thihak"
Rev.Fr.Gihan Gunathilaka,the Director for both Young Catholic Students Movement and the Primary School of St.Joseph's College,Colombo addressed the Presbyteriam with his team.
Further his team shared God's experiences.
Kandy Vicariate Pastoral Council was held on 22nd February 2014
Requiem Mass offered by Rt.Rev.Dr.Vianney Fernando,Bishop of Kandy for the repose of soul of Rev.Sr.Thiadora on 22nd February 2014
Annual encounter of Pre-Cana Animators held 0n 12th February 2014 at Gatembe
Pope announces possible trip to Sri Lanka
Pope Francis on Saturday met with a group of Sri Lankan immigrants living in Italy.
The group had come to Rome on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the consecration of the Church in Sri Lanka to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The group was led by the Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. In his address to the pilgrims, Pope Francis greeted Cardinal Ranjith, and thanked him for an invitation to visit Sri Lanka.
The Feast of Blessed Joseph Vaz, Kadiyanlena Parish - 2014
Adult Baptism Ceremony - 2014
Thaipongal Celebration at St. Patrick’s Church, Talawakelle.
Feast of St.Mary's Church, Nawalapitiya celebrated on 15th December 2013
Carol competition organized by the Diocesan media Centre
A seminar was conducted on Leadership and Positive thinking for 35 plantation community Leaders at Matale on 17th November 2013
Extension of the Clergy House was Blessed and Opened by Bishop of Kandy
CONCLUSION OF YEAR OF FAITH
National Youth Rally held at Ragama on 19th October 2013
St.Theresa’s Church, Peradeniya Celebrated the Annual Church Feast on 06th October 2013
Canonisation of Blessed Joseph Vaz
It is with joy and gratitude to God Almighty that we wish to inform all faithful, Religious and Clergy that one of the miracles submitted for the Cause of Canonisation of Blessed Joseph Vaz, has been accepted as worthy of study. The Diocesan Inquiry of the miracle will take place in the month of October 2013.
Wemedilla New Church Opening - Nikawehera Parish
Family Retreat - Nuwara Eliya Vicariate 2013
International President and South Asian Co-ordinator of Vincent De Paul Society Visits Sri Lanka
SriLankan Community in Canada welcome
Bishop of Kandy
Pope Modifies Mass
'St. Joseph' added to Eucharistic Prayers
Pope Francis with the Bishop of Kandy
Pope Francis’ Tuesday Mass at Casa Santa Marta was concelebrated by the Armenian Catholic Patriarch, Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, Bishop Vianney Fernando, the Bishop of Kandy in Sri Lanka, and Msgr. Jean Luis Brugues the of the Vatican Library, accompanied by a group of employees.
Priestly Ordination of the Diocese of Kandy