It’s a great day for the parishioners of the Sahayamatha, Ibrahimpatnam as they celebrated the silver jubilee of the parish and also of Fr. Mandagiri Jojaiah, MSFS, the parish priest. Celebrations began with the procession from the presbytery giving a grand welcome to His Excellency, Most Rev. Thelagathoti Joseph Raja Rao SMM, Bishop of Vijayawada. The Holy Eucharist was celebrated by His Excellency and concelebrated by Jubilarian Fr. Mandagiri Jojaiah, and Fr. Pentareddy Chinnappa Reddy, Provincial Superior of MSFS Andhra province and many other priests from the diocese and Religious communities.
In his homily, Bishop exhorted the faithful to base their lives on precepts and commandments of the church by which they become true Catholics of the church. He also reminded the priests and religious to grow in holiness. A special blessing was given to Fr. MandagiriJojaiah MSFS by Bishop on his Jubilee year at the end of the Holy Mass.
Fr. Jojaiah thanked Bishop and all those who gathered for the celebration. He specially thanked sisters of St. Anne’s for their relentless service to the parish. After the Holy Mass there was felicitation of the Jubilarian by His Excellency. The parishioners too felicitated the Bishop and all the priests who worked in the parish. The fellowship meal was served to all the faithful at the end of the celebrations. We thank God for His abundant blessings on the parish. We also extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who helped us to celebrate this Jubilee in a fruitful way.