Dear Friends and Benefactors and Clients of the Shrine,
It is with a heart filled with gratitude that I say a big Thank you for all the support you have been to us in spite of the pandemic. It demonstrates to us how much you love and care for the poor. Your generosity encourages us to continue our work for the welfare and the education of youth especially for school dropouts, the marginalized youngsters and, in these days, also for the many needy families and the sick. This is how you participate in the great mission Don Bosco entrusted to us.
It was Mary Help of Christians who inspired, directed and encouraged Don Bosco to offer himself in the service of poor youngsters and she blesses and protects all those who help these youngsters to grow and mature. Be assured that your love and devotion to her draws down on you and your family her protection and her abundant blessings.
The season of Lent - a very important liturgical season - is upon us. It is a God-given time to help us to contemplate on the main events in the life of Christ: His Passion, Death and His Resurrection. We, the Church, walk with Him during these days and on this journey rests our Faith.
It is also a season during which we are encouraged to think of our less fortunate brethren by extending to them a helping hand. As we contemplate sharing our Lenten sacrifices with others, permit me the liberty of placing before you the needs of our poor. Throughout the year we are flooded with requests for medical aid from many a poor and deserving person. With your assistance we have helped as many as we could in the past and we look forward to your support to help many more ease their pain and suffering due to illness. Do lend us a helping hand through your Lenten alms.
Here at the Marian Shrine, we remember you and your family in a special way during our daily Holy Masses and devotions and in a special way every Saturday at the Perpetual Novena to Mary Help of Christians. You and your family intentions are lifted up in prayer.
I wish you and your dear ones a Holy Season of Lent and may it help all of us to grow in our love of God and our neighbour.
Fr. Edwin D'Souza SDB