Feast of St. Antony celebrated with great fervor

The Feast of St. Antony of Padua, patron of the Diocese of Bellary was celebrated on 13 June at St. Antony’s Cathedral Church, and St. Anthony Shrine Church, Bandihatti, Bellary, with great fervor.

The festival was climaxed with a solemn Eucharistic Concelebration presided over by Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary.

The novena devotions attracted large crowds of devotees. A day of retreat was held in preparation for the feast.

In his homily, the Bishop Henry D’Souza, as St Anthony used his tongue to proclaim the good news and to urge people to renounce sinful ways, he urged people to use the power of speech to “build relationships and empower people.” “Human tongue is a precious gift of God. It can make or mar relationships. God has given us two ears to listen and one tongue to speak. They need to be used judiciously,” added Bishop.

Bishop reminded that Jesus Christ has warned that we will be judged for our words on the judgement day.

He also cautioned how one should tame one’s tongue. The words that come from our tongue are powerful’; they can give life or kill life.

Spreading false news particularly through social media is a modern sin, the bishop cautioned.

The active participation and discipline displayed by the devotees in both Cathedral and Bandihatti were exemplary.

Donors generously provided “prasada” (fellowship meal) to all the devotees on all the days in Bandihatti Shrine and on the feast day at the cathedral.

Bishop Henry, Bishop of Bellary congratulated Frs. Vincent Rodrigues, Rayappa T.A., Cyril Lasrado and all the collaborators and volunteers for their dedicated work.

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St Anthony of Padua