KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) — Calcutta’s leading charismatic group inaugurated a four day Bible Convention on the annual holiday. The event organized by Calcutta Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (CCCRS) started off with a solemn concelebrated Eucharist presided over by Coadjutor archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta along with founding member Bishop Cyprian Monis of neighbouring Asansol diocese. Some 20 priests and a thousand faithful participated at the inaugural function which started off at 9 am, Friday, 20 January at St Paul’s school Grounds, Kidderpore adjacent to Daughter’s of the Cross (FC) provincial house.
The registration at the convention is free and participants are served free mid-day snacks and refreshments.
Over the weekend, the organizers expect over 3,000 faithful to attend. The programme is scheduled to be concluded on 23 January, Bengal’s illustrious freedom fighter Netaji Subash Chandra Bose’s birthday.
Welcoming the participants, the CCCRS founder & spiritual director Salesian Fr C.J. Sebastian recalled 15 years of CCCRS activities for spiritual renewal in Calcutta archdiocese.
The convention started with the CCCRS choir leading the congregation in prayer and praise. It was followed by the solemn enthronement of the Holy Bible brought to the podium by CCCRS Chairman Mr Raymond Baptist.
This year’s convention is termed as “4-day family retreat to hear the mighty proclamation of the Word and the Life-Changing Gospel.”
Besides being popular evangelization and catechesis, the event is intended to be a celebration of “God’s love, healing and abundant graces,” said powerful preacher of the Word Fr M. John MSFS from Divine Redeemer Retreat Center at Umroi near Shillong. He is ably assisted by his equally gifted confrere Fr M.K. Regi.
The CCCRS today has charismatic service open for all every Wednesday, including healing service and adoration at Sacred Heart Church Dharmotalla (Lenin Sarani). On Fridays the group leads evening prayer service at Christ the King Church Park Circus. Every Saturday, Eucharistic adoration service is held at Sacred Heart Church Dharamotalla, and every Monday the CCCRS members gather for Intercession at Don Bosco Nitika. The group also publishes a bi-monthly spiritual renewal publication called STREAMS.