09 MISSION Kerala - Fr Vijay Drego

posted Nov 1, 2018, 3:43 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 1, 2018, 3:43 AM ]
On October 21, 2018 (Mission Sunday), we returned from Kerala. We felt we had accomplished a mission that we had set out to fulfil. Yet, a deep sense of emptiness filled our hearts, as we realised it was just the beginning of a mission.

We are all aware of the floods that ravaged Kerala in the month of August. A clarion call to reach out to the victims invited us to make a Sunday collection that would be sent to the Centre for Social Action (Caritas India). The parishioners of Our Lady of Remedy Church, Poinsur and the children of our school collectively contributed a sum of Rs 2 lakhs. We were about to send the cheque, when Sr Annie, PSOL asked us if we could help their convent in Kerala and the neighbouring houses that were damaged due to the floods.

Fr Vijay, the Parish Priest, put a plan before the PPC – "Can we go personally to Kerala and reach out to a few families?" Having accepted this plan, we contacted the sisters in Kerala to make a survey, and find out the urgent requirements of the people staying in that area. We said that we could reach out to a minimum of 50 families. The sisters informed us that furniture and kitchen utensils was something that was urgently required.

In the meantime, we also spoke to Fr Mario, the director of the Centre for Social Action; he thought that this was a good initiative, and said that the Centre could also help out, if we were willing to reach out to people of other faiths as well; a similar amount would be given. Sr Annie collected almost Rs 1 lakh to help these troubled families. Thus, from reaching out to just 50 families, we could now reach out to 120 families.