Mega Bible Convention Marks Holiday Weekend in Kolkata

R to L : Bp Cyprian Monis, Abp Thomas D'Souza, Salesian Provincial Thomas and Fr Orson Wells.

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 CCCRS choir at the Bible Convention 2012

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.



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2 responses to “Mega Bible Convention Marks Holiday Weekend in Kolkata

  1. Dictus

    A drop in the ocean yet a valuable contribution.! The question asked is
    “Why is the Word of God not taking centre stage together with the Eucharist
    in Christian life?”. Bible study is relegated to backstage ocassionally to the promoted in some “bible conventions”- not as a matter of urgent consideration , study and reflection in day to day life.Catholics are afraid carrying a Bible would look” more protestant like” while the Protestants hold believing in the Eucharistic is more Catholic than Biblical !. The poor layman in the middle is thus kept far away from “truth and life”.

    • Dr Roy Chowdhury

      In fact during the convention, on Sunday 22nd January 2012, the Coadjutor archbishop Thomas D’Souza will bless Vincentian Ashram near Minto Park on 2/8B Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata. After years of prayer, the group of Potta and Muringoor fame were blessed with a half acre property including a two storey building. It is rumoured that the Salesians of Don Bosco were offered the property by its owner, who wanted to set up a prayer centre. The Salesians did not find the proposal proper to their charism… and thus the VCs were blessed with the centre ready on a platter.

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