Pastoral visit of Archbishop Shaw to Mariamabad
Mariamabad (Fr. Tariq George): Sunday, 25th June was a very blessed day for Mariamabad Parish Community. His Grace Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Lahore paid a pastoral visit to the parish for the consecration of several religious/social houses.
The organizer of this program was the highly devoted and enthusiastic priest in the Archdiocese of Lahore; Fr. Tariq George, Parish Priest of Sts. Joseph & Mary Parish, Mariamabad. Fr. Tariq was assisted by the Pastoral team & Groups of the parish, to make all the programs a success.
The Archbishop, together with the believers of Mariamabad village, offered a special Eucharistic Mass. After the Holy Mass, the Archbishop consecrated the new projects in the parish. These plans include:
Consecrated of St. Mary’s FTL Sisters’ Convent
St. Mary’s FTL convent was blessed by the Archbishop on the completion of construction. The old building of the convent was very dilapidated. In the consecration ceremony, a brief introduction and mission of FTL Congregation was presented and Sr. Razia Yaqoob, Superior General of the FTL Congregation expressed her thoughts. The building was blessed by sprinkling holy water. In the end, shields were presented to the Bishop, the Superior General, the Parish Priest, and the contractor.
Blessings of Pastoral House
The Archbishop also blessed the Pastoral House which was built after 125 years in Mariamabad. Babu Adeel Yousuf and his family welcomed the Bishop. The ribbon was cut, and after a prayer and blessing the veil was unveiled and sweets were distributed among the faithful.
Consecration of St. John Mary Vianney Catholic Church
The newly constructed St. John Mary Vianney Catholic Church building was blessed in Qila Meer Zaman. The believers of Qila Meer Zaman welcomed Archbishop Shaw. His Grace presided over the Holy Mass during which 35 children were sealed in the Sacrament of Confirmation. After the Holy Mass, the shields were distributed to the Archbishop, Parish Priest, and benefactors (who contributed significantly to the construction of the church). The parish priest thanked the bishop and all the believers.
Opening of St. Mary’s Sewing Center
The year 2023 has been declared as the year of education, skills, and training in the Archdiocese. In this regard, a sewing center for women was started in Mariamabad with the personal interest/financial support of the Archbishop and the support of Caritas Pakistan, in which the daughters of Mariamabad will learn sewing and embroidery work. On June 25, the Archbishop formally inaugurated the sewing center and blessed it.
Blessing of St. Mary’s High School (2nd Part)
The newly constructed building of St. Mary’s High School was also blessed by the Archbishop. School Principal Fr. Tariq George, all staff and students welcomed Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw. The extension of the school building was done with the support of the Catholic Board of Education in Lahore.