The Golden Jubilee celebration of Trichy Diocese Catholic Association was celebrated on 1st May, 2017 at Arumkodai Illam, Trichy. The function was started by concelebrated Holy Mass by the Parish Priest of Cathedral, Rev. Fr. Lawrence and other well-wishers of CA. The flage of the association was hoisted by AICU National President Mr Lancy D Cunha, and lighting of Kuthuvilakku was performed by Most Rev. Thomas Paulsamy, the Bishop of Dindigul Diocese, Mr. Chinnappn, the Secretary General of AICU and office bearers of AICU(TN) Mr. Pichai, Adv. Arokiasamy, Adv. Amalraj Dhairiyam and TDCA. After that, unveiled the photos of departed leaders Dr.S.Arockiasamy, Prof. M.Marianallu, and Mr. Michael Durairaj as respect and paid homage to them all. The first session was chaired by Most Rev. Thomas Paulsamy. A welcome dance was performed and TDCA General Secretary Mrs. Bernadette Pichai welcomed all the dignataries and others. The inaugural address was given by Rev. Fr. Ambrose, the Spiritual guide of TDCA. Mr. P. Joseph Packiaraj SP(TN) gave his Golden Jubilee message. As a mark of TDCA golden Jubilee, Rs.200/ each was given to fifty poor families and it will be continued each month to each families by the generous help from Mrs. Emily Richard, Ex Chairman of Trichy Municipal Corporation, and one of the benefactor of TDCA.
The following awards were distributed by Most Rev. Thomas Paulsamy in this function. Award of Honour in the name of the First President of AICU Mr.Retinasamy was given to the present AICU NP, NSG, and TN State office bearers. Trichy Bishop , Patron of TDCA Most Rev. Antony Devotta Award was given to all the presidents of Parish CA of Trichy Diocese. Special awards to Mr. P. Lawrence, Mr.T. Jacob and Mrs. Bernadette Pichai were given by Most Rev. Thomas Paulsamy for their long standing dedicated service in TDCA and AICU. After that Most Rev. Thomas Paulsamy delivered his thought provoking and stimulating presidential address, which attracted everybody. The session was moderated by Mrs. Sheela David, the Treasurer of TDCA.
A pannel discussion was moderated by Dr. Asokan in What kind of spirituality should be the present day CA?, 1. Religious spirituality, 2. Social spirituality, or 3. Political spirituality. At the end he gave his observation that the need of the hour of CA is Political Spirituality.
After lunch break folk cultural programme was performed. After noon, session was chaired by TDCA Patron and Bishop of Trichy Diocese, Most Rev. Antony Devotta. All the dignataries and special invitees were welcomed by Mr. Kanagaraj, Organising Secretary. Rev. Msgr. Eugene, VG of Trichy Diocese felicitated TDCA for its fifty years of service to the church and society. Mr. T. Jacob President of TDCA gave a short history of TDCA. Mr.P.Lawrence, Ex SP(TN), introduced the Golden Jubilee Souvenier. Most Rev. Antony Devotta released the Souvenier and it was received by Mrs. Catherine Arockiasamy and NS Adv. Arockiasamy. Following that Pope Francis Award was given to those who have sacrificed their time and energy to the Catholic church and society by Most Rev. Antony Devotta. Felicitation were given by Swami A. Louis, of Anjali Ashram, AICU NP Mr. Lancy D Cunha, NSG Mr. Chinnappan. At the end Most Rev. Antony Devotta delivered his veledictory address and his blessings. Vote of thanks was given by Mr.Michael, Deputy Secretary of TDCA. The function came to an end by Papal Aunthem....