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Youth group shares the love of the Blessed Mother with the poor in India

A parish youth group from the Our Lady of Assumption Church in Paruthipattu of the Archdiocese of Madras - Mylapore in India shows their love for the Blessed Mother by spending a day with the abandoned and destitute.

The group, called Fifam Fellows in Faith of Mary, is under the guidance of Father Joe Andrew Mangalraj, Rector of the Sacred Heart Seminary in Poonamalee, and Father Reegan Manuel Raj, a professor at Sacred Heart Seminary.

On Sunday, July 16, they marked the 50th day of the praying of the rosary with the celebration of the Holy Mass. 

After the Mass, the group visited Parisutha Narkarunai Illam, Morai, a home for the less privileged and the poor. 

Together with the residents of the home, they spent the day praying the rosary and listening to their stories. 

The residents were also treated to a cultural program, snacks, and clothing from the youth group. 

The meals and clothing came from the donations the group collected from generous individuals. 

Fathers Mangalraj and Raj expressed their pride in Fifam's members. 

“As we are forming the seminarians and priests, we feel happy and energized by looking at the faith and charity heart of these young ones,” they said. 

Residents of the home expressed their gratitude to the young people, saying they felt the love of Mother Mary through their visit. 

Fifam Fellows in Faith of Mary is a new movement in the Our Lady of Assumption Church composed of students and young professionals.

Aside from spreading love and humanity everywhere in the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, they also pledged to pray the rosary for 100 days. 

Supriya, the youth association's treasurer shared how the home's residents were so excited with their visit and how it made them feel privileged and loved.

The president of the group, Rosario, said they want to break the stigma that young people are no longer interested in coming to church and have lost their faith.

They say that Mother Mary is inspiring them to do good in the world, and they want to be examples of young people who care.

Our Lady of Assumption Church in Paruthipattu, Tamil Nadu, India, is a parish of the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore.

It was led by Fathers Vallogia, Jacob Mullur, and Kottabram, and it split from St. John the Baptist Church on August 15, 1975.

In 2008, the church was consecrated as a parochial church and joined the Archdiocese of Madras and Mylapore. Under Father Sekhar Gnana Prakasam's leadership and with the help of the parishioners, the church was reconstructed, and the church plinth was renovated.

During Father Anthony Raj's five years as parish priest, the Presbytery was constructed, dedicated, and consecrated by Archbishop Emeritus A.M. Chinnappa. - Fr. Johnson SdC


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