Blessing and inauguration of new houses for the flood victims of Kerala

Fr. Christy ofm
The Archdiocese of Bangalore had taken a keen interest in rebuilding and restoring the lives of the unfortunate victims of the disastrous floods of 2018 in Kerala and Kodagu. The Archdiocese had successfully collected about Rs. 2.5 Crores made by parishes, religious houses, the educational institutions and some generous hearted philanthropists. With this amount there was a plan to build houses in Kodagu and Kerala. The building of houses in Kodagu is still underway as there are lots of legal hurdles. The Archdiocese of Bangalore in association with Caritas India and Ernakulam Social Service Society had built 10 houses in the Archdiocese of Verapoly. The 10 houses are built in the following areas: Chennur (1 House), Varapuza (2 Houses), Kadamakudu (1 House), Palliamthuruth (2 Houses) and Pizhala (4 Houses). I was immensely fortunate to be part of this blessing and inauguration of the houses. We visited all the houses and blessed on 27 August.

A dedication ceremony was held later in the day at Pizhala parish hall. During which the Archbishop of Bangalore and the donors handed over the house keys to the beneficiaries. The Vicar General of Verapoly thanked and felicitated the Archbishop of Bangalore and the donors for their support and timely help.

A house has been dedicated to St. Anthony’s Friary Church. This was made possible because of the generous contribution of each and every parishioner. Our parish had contributed Rs. 505730/ for this venture. This reminds me that calamities bring us together to rise above race, culture, creed and language. Together we can build and together we can restore hope and together we can make a difference. May God bless all those who contributed generously.