feast of St. Anthony’s Church at Kachchatheevu where many thousands
from India and Sri Lanka gather every year was held this year
too in high profile on Sunday (24). The Sunday Mass was attended
over 6000 Indians and Sri Lankans of catholic faith to pray for
peace and prosperity. Bishop Jaffna Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas Sauntharanayagam
and priests from India conducted the main prayers.
feast at Kachchatheevu symbolizes peace and friendship prevailing
between Sri Lanka and India. Pilgrims from both countries spend
days together in this small and isolated island attending prayers.
As in early
years Sri Lanka Navy had arranged all facilities for pilgrims
who stayed overnight to attend the festival. Basic facilities
such as water, medicine, food and security were provided by the
Sri Lanka Navy to pilgrims.
branches of local banks and shops had been put up in Kachchatheevu
island to cater to daily needs of people.
Commissioner to Sri Lanka His Excellency Ashok K. Kantha, Mrs.
Shamila Kantha, Hon. Minister of Traditional Industries and Small
Enterprises Mr. Douglas Devananda, Commander Security Forces Jaffna
Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Commander Northern Naval
Area Rear Admiral D.S. Udawatte and Mayoress Jaffna Mrs. Yogeswari
Pathgunarasa also attended the Mass.