Saint Maria Bertilla Boscardin a Shining Pearl
The centenary year celebration of Saint Maria Bertilla was a hearts vibrating and spirit filled moments of heavenly blessings for all of us. A long-awaited celebration of centenary year of Saint Maria Bertilla's birth in heaven was held on 20th October 2022 in the province house Aluva, at Keezhumadu.
The 100th Death anniversary of Saint Maria Bertilla came to an end with an offering of holy mass and inauguration of a new house. The curia Bishop Mar Sebastian Vaniyapurakal was the chief celebrant of the holy mass. His Holiness while recalling the sanctity of St Maria Bertilla’s life he summarized in one word is that who found the treasures of holiness in the ordinary things. She could practice sacrifice and patience from her father who was a drunkard. The first and the final word of St Maria Bertilla was that “Do everything for Jesus other than that everything is nothing nothing.” His Holiness requested the faithful to follow her way of cart (Less travelled road). After the homily sister Anjitha Renewed her vows for one more year.
After the holy mass His Excellency, priest religious and faithful moved to the blessings of knew Grotto dedicated to Saint Maria Bertilla followed by the inauguration of a new house which is also devoted to her name.
We had one near year preparation for the centenary year celebration of Saint Maria Bertilla, such as family prayer, family gatherings, community ways of competitions, display of the life of Saint Mary Bertilla in the Province house Aluva and village ministry etc.