Catholics in Pakistan
Archdiocese of Lahore

Listen the voice of God as listened by Mother Mary- Archbishop Sebastian Shaw

Lahore (Suzanna Joseph): 10th November 2019, was a blissful day for St. John’s Catholic Church Youhanabad Lahore as they celebrated the church’s Silver Jubilee. Whose foundation was laid by Fr. Henry in 1963. His Grace Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw, Archbishop of Lahore along with Christophe Zakhia El-Kassis Apostolic Nuncio of Pakistan unveiled a plaque to commemorate the event, followed by a Eucharistic Mass.

Christophe Zakhia El-Kassis Apostolic Nuncio said “I am pleased to announce the Silver Jubilee of Saint John Catholic Church. Let us celebrate the love of God with a joyful heart and a spirit filled with gratitude. Congratulations to all of you.”

Rev. Fr. Francis Gulzar, Vicar General and the parish priest of St. John’s Catholic Church, Youhanabad gave the welcome speech highlighting how the church has risen and strengthened itself after the suicide bombing attack on 15th March 2015 in which 15 people were killed.

Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw gave a brief homily on 2019 being the year of Dialogue. Emphasizing the importance of listening to a dialogue with patience and the intent to understand. Just as Mary listened to the Angel as he revealed God’s purpose for her life. When the angel entered her home, he greeted her and said, “You are favored by the Lord! The Lord is with you.” Mary worries about how it can be made possible since she was unmarried, still she listens and accepts God’s will saying, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let everything you’ve said happen to me.”

At the end, Rev. Fr. Francis Gulzar thanked the entire team for making the event a great success. He also prayed for all the missionaries who have served the church, those with us may God bless them abundantly. Those who have passed away, may God reward them with eternal life.

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