SFS parish reaches out during Easter House Blessings
Kohima, May 22 (EMN): A group of clergy including priests, nuns, catechists among others from St. Francis de Sales (SFS), Parish Kohima Town, visited scores of households in Kohima and beyond during ‘Easter House Blessings,’ from April 20 to May 22.
Following Easter Sunday, parishioners of SFS residing within and beyond Kohima municipal wards reached out during the house blessings, which was led by Rev. Fr. Mathew Mhabemo PP, the parish priest and assistant priest of SFS, Rev. Fr. Gwatilo Alex Tep.
“There is a Catholic tradition called Easter House Blessings, when we go and visit all families of the parish, pray with them and bless their houses with holy water just as the houses sprinkled with the blood of the lamb were kept unharmed during the Passover,” said Fr. Mathew while speaking to Easter Mirror at the parish on Sunday.
He iterated that the purpose of the visit was mainly to pray with the families so that “Christ may enter their homes and become the head of the family while giving them the gift of joy, peace and love just as He appeared and gave them to the disciples after His resurrection”.
It was learnt that the visitation beginning from 4 pm would last for 4-6 hours, six days a week except Friday, which has been designated for holding “adoration” service at the parish.
Meanwhile, Mathew also informed that they tried to help out needy people and children, who were left uncared for. “We found a big gap between the rich and poor people,” he said, adding that “there are well-to-do families and those living in pathetic conditions.”
He also appraised the need to often visit the youth parishioners for various reasons. It may be mentioned that the parish would make another visitation on Monday to those households, which were missed during the house blessings. SFS parish situated in Kohima town area has scores of members from various communities residing in different parts of Kohima.