Fr Joy Poonooly, CSsR, the provincial superior of the Liguori Province, India, visited the Syro-Malabar Community of New Zealand after his official visit to Australia. His visit enriched the Holy week programmes of the Syro-Malabar Community in Auckland. Fr. Joy was the main celebrant on Palm Sunday and Good Friday. He also did the homily on Holy Thursday and Easter.
The Palm Sunday celebrations started with blessing of the Palm leaves near the Grotto at Ellerslie Catholic church. Nearly 600 people participated in the procession and the Holy mass after that. On the Holy Thursday mass Fr. Jobin Vanniamparambil was the main celebrant and Fr Joy, in his homily talked about the importance of the sacraments in Christian life. More than 800 people participated in the Good Friday service. Fr Joy’s presence was an additional blessing to the community. In his homily during the Easter mass at midnight, he insisted about the need of resurrection in everyone’s spiritual life. He also thanked and congratulated the Auckland mission chaplain Fr. Joy Thottankara and assistant chaplain Fr. Jobin for nurturing the Syro Malabar community so well.
Other than the activities in the Syro Malabar community Fr. Joy also conducted a 3- day retreat for the local Latin rite parish in English, which was a great success because of the active participation of the parish community. More than 200 hundred people participated in the retreat and it was a first time experience for most of them. He also did one day retreat at Whangare and Tauranga for the Syro Malabar community and at Pakuranga for the English Latin community.