25 November, 2018 is a memorable day for the faithful of Penamaluru parish. The renovated parish church was blessed and rededicated by His Excellency Most Rev. Thelagathoti Joseph Raja Rao SMM, Bishop of Vijayawada.
In preparation for the feast, a five-day retreat, known as the “Popular Mission Retreat” focusing on the renewal of families, was conducted by the Vincentian Fathers of Divine Mercy Centre, Mangalagiri.
The ceremony of the blessing began with the blessing of the Holy Water to bless the renovated Church. The Church was rededicated to Mary, Mother of God and later the renovated Altar was anointed by His Excellency. His Excellency administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to 105 children and 91 received the First Holy Communion.
The faithful contributed generously for this renovation work with which, I was able to renovate the campus and the interior and exterior sections of the church. I thank sincerely, His Excellency for his kind permission to go ahead with this work which helped me to make the Church look new and beautiful. I also thank the DSS Sisters who assisted me along with the catechists.
I offer my special thanks to all the priests and religious who added grandeur to this celebration by their presence.
– Fr. Nuthalapati Kishore, Parish Priest,