Ordinations of Sanjay Parmar and Simon Thomas
Dec 29 was the day of ordination of deacons Sanjay Parmar and Simon Thomas. Nearly one thousand people including scores of priests and nuns gathered at St Xavier’s Parish Navrangpura for this heartwarming ceremony. In the brightly decorated parish church, Bishop Thomas Macwan conferred priesthood on the two Jesuit deacons who were dressed in immaculate white cassocks, as their parents and close relatives seated close to the altar looked on and prayed with “hearts filled with gladness”.
Frs Sanjay and Simon join the company of their newly ordained batch mates Frs Antony Suresh, David Roy and Harry Martis.
The expert compere, Fr Ashok Vaghela did a commendable job as the master of ceremony in tandem with Fr Francis Macwan. The choir led by Fr Siddharth permeated the ambiance with melodious singing and lively music. After the mass as people thronged to greet the newly ordained priests, Fr Ronald Sanctis and team served a delicious meal to all guests. Kudos to Fr Valerian Dias, the parish priest of St Xavier’s Navrangpura for readily accepting the responsibility as the host and chief organizer of this ordination ceremony and executing it to perfection to the joy and delight of one and all! (Sunil Macwan)