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DSWD celebrated 55th anniversary and 25 years of Sisters of Charity of St. Anne at Elsie Gaches Village, Philippines.

DSWD celebrated 55th anniversary and 25 years of Sisters of Charity of St. Anne at Elsie Gaches Village, Philippines on February 06, 2019.
We are very proud and thankful to Sr. Savita Parmar from Ahmedabd who is serving in this center. Sr. Savita Parmar belongs to the Sisters of Charity of St. Anne congregation. 

Department of the Social Welfare and Development celebrated 55 years and The Sisters of Charity of St. Anne celebrated 25 years being their partners in this center, Elsie Gaches Village.
The celebration started with a thanksgiving Mass, celebrated by the Somascan Fathers, The provincial superior  Rev. Father Javier Angeles P. San jose CRS, the parish priest Fr. Melchore H. Umandal CRS, and assistant parish priest Fr. Prudy  Tria.CRS
Besides the clergy there were government officials, current staff, retired staff of the facility. Various companies, donors, sponsors, volunteers were present too. The Friends of Elsie Gaches Village ( group of ladies and a gentle man who brought The Sisters of Charityof St. Anne in this center) Besides The sisters Charity of St. Anne Congregation there were other sisters from various congregations to witness the event. Certificates of appreciation was given to the staff of EGV. Some of the donors were presented with awards – plaque of appreciation The sisters of Charity of St. Anne “FUNDACION JUAN BONAL” received a plaque which was received by The General Councilor Sr. Gladys  Velendia who came from Spain The Provincial superior Sr. Philomina Maliakkal.
There was a presentation (dances) by the children and staff of Elsie Gaches Village.
Nearly 1,000 people were served a delicious dinner catered by the sisters.
It was a really very great day of rejoicing and thanks giving to the Almighty God and to the people who are helping the center in various ways to give dignified life to those children, youth and adults who are abandoned by their own.
This institution needs our support. You can help out by sponsoring a house parent or donating medical supplies. If you are interested to help, please call their office at 817-2225. Time to give back to those who need it most!
Picture album of the event

By Comboni Missionaries Ireland on 14th December 2018
When Sr. Mary Varguese, a nun who used to work with special children in India, arrived in the Philippines to take care of a centre of mentally-challenged persons, the conditions were so bad that she was “completely shocked.” However, after some years of hard work, the situation has greatly improved. We visited the place.
When Sr. Mary Varguese of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Anne was sent to the Philippines in 1994 to work at a government-run centre for mentally-affected persons, the Indian nun did not foresee the kind of challenge she would get into.
A professional special education (SpEd) teacher in India, Sr. Mary was sent to Elsie Gaches Village (EGV) in Alabang, Muntinlupa City in Metro Manila, to do missionary work. Sr. Mary said she was “completely shocked” when the EGV then appeared to her more like a prison than a centre for mentally-challenged persons.  “They were all locked up in a room with grills from ceiling down to the floor. They were like prisoners who are acting very wild and not behaving properly. Nobody were calling them by their names but bulag (blind), negra (black), unggoy (monkey), or baboy (pig),” she shared.
“When I first came in here at EGV, I was completely shocked.  There are no wheelchairs; the children are smelly and infected with scabies. Most of them were naked and had none but lampin (dirt cloth) to wipe their faces with,” she said. “I just could not swallow it. The children were all abandoned. They had absolutely nothing and nobody to begin with,” she said.
Although it took Sr. Mary six gruelling months to adjust to her new environment at the EGV, she nevertheless found her “very challenging” mission to be worth all of her effort for the past 18 years.
“This work is definitely hard but I love it. I have learned to love these children who I saw growing right before my very eyes. They may not have anybody in their lives but I am here for them,” she said.
Sr. Mary has witnessed how the EGV developed as an institution and a community since the Sisters of Charity of Saint Anne partnered with government social workers to care for the mentally-challenged persons at the centre. She was one of the first nuns from the Sisters of Charity of Saint Anne who came to the EGV in 1994. “The situation then was very bad, but EGV now has improved a lot,” she said.
From a 16-hectare residential compound, the EGV now is a well-maintained centre that cares for the sick, abandoned, orphaned and neglected mentally-challenged Filipinos housed in 14 cottages. The centre has patients as young as five and as old as 79.
Sr. Savita Parmar, other sister working in the EGV admitted that the nuns’ work at EGV is hard but “When you see God in these children, everything becomes easy. They don’t have demands like normal people, they don’t complain and are always appreciative of what is given to them. They are angels because they don’t have malice and are very satisfied people,” she said.
Sr. Savita pointed out the nuns also take pride in seeing the special children grow healthy, athletic, competitive and functional. “Deaths are few recently compared to the previous years and the children are active in sports. They even compete in special Olympics that are organized outside EGV,” she said.
Sr. Savita added that they bring in nuns who are professional nurses and Special Education teachers to work at the EGV to give dignity to the otherwise neglected part of the society. “Even if they are in this kind of situation, we want to bring them up, lift their standard of living through therapy and education so that they would not remain as is,” she said. (Kris Bayos)

“Chaudhari Bhasha ” book was released in accordance with UNESCO declaration this year as the “World Indigenous Languages Year”.

અહેવાલ અને છબી :ગુર્જરવાણી ટીમ: ફાધર અશોક વાઘેલા, ફ્ર. દેવસિયા, વિકી ક્રિસ્ટી, ગ્રેના ક્રિશ્ચિયન, ફ્ર. સુદાર વસાવા, હર્શિલ ગામિત અને સેતુલ ગામિત.

Kashmir’s oldest church comes to life with wedding bells after 30 years.

Kashmir’s oldest church comes to life with wedding bells after 30 years.

by IANS on Saturday 02nd February 2019, 05:08 PM

Kashmir’s oldest Protestant Church in Gulmarg ski resort came to life this Thursday with the ringing of the wedding bells as an Australian couple tied the knot there.

Tim Robertson and Kate Hamilton had come all the way from Australia to get married at St. Mary’s Church in Gulmarg.
The only attendance at this church for the last 15 years has been on Christmas when revellers come to Gulmarg around the New Year Eve.
Both snowboarding enthusiasts, Tim told reporters Kate insisted that the marriage should be held in snowbound mountains.
“No place better than Gulmarg to have a white wedding in the mountains”, the groom said.
The priest at St Mary’s Church, Reverend Vinu Kaul, had received the message six months back about the couple’s plan to get married in Gulmarg.
He told reporters that he believes the wedding would definitely send a positive message about Kashmir to the rest of the world.
On their wedding day, Kate wore a traditional embroidered Kashmiri over garment, the ‘Pheran’ as Tim dressed like a typical Kashmiri groom.
“She also tried a typical Indian saree”, Tim said.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah greeted the newly wed as he posted on his twitter page: “30 years since the last one, Gulmarg’ s historic church plays host to another wedding. Congratulations to Kate & Tim. Here’s wishing you both a life time of happiness”.
In another of his posts, Omar posted pictures of the couple taken at Hotel Highlands Park in Gulmarg where the couple stayed.
“More from Kate & Tim’s Gulmarg wedding. A destination wedding with a difference. Nice to see some of the wedding party on skis”, Omar said.

GCSofUSA invites for Christmas Carols and Garba/Dance night 2018.

Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA invite for the Annual Christmas Celebration.

If you have missed those garaba nights during Christmas week, then come and join us for a ramazat of raas/garaba, sanedo with live professional musicians and singers.
Come and get that feeling of home away from home as we celebrate our Lord’s Birthday in similar way as we did back in our beloved homeland India.
Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018
Time: 6:00PM to Midnight
Place: Church of the Sacred Heart
Holy Savior Academy Gym & Cafeteria
149 South Plainfield Ave., South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Tickets: 12 years & older $15.00/per person 
Children under 12 free. 
GCSofUSA is a non for profit organization. We welcome sponsors – $100 to $1,000 plus….
For further information please contact:
Shantilal Parmar-973-338-4186 
Raj Macwan-908-472-9448
Joseph Parmar-732-855-0596