Holy Cross bishop Ponen Paul Kubi of Mymensingh at the oath-taking ceremony as two villages join a new parish
Tribal Garo Catholic villagers rejoiced today as Mymensingh diocese responded to their request to merge with nearby Biroidakuni parish.
About 450 Catholics at Borak Namsa para and Dakia para villages formerly belonged to Bhalukapara parish at Bhaluka sub-district in central Mymensingh district.
The villages are located in Haluaghat sub-district of Mymensingh bordering the Indian state of Meghalaya.
The former parish was a 12km rough walk away on near impassable roads which often barred villagers from participating in various Church programs.
The new parishioners can easily join liturgical and sacramental celebrations at St. Elizabeth Church at Biroidakuni.
On the day of union 500 tribal Catholics welcomed the village representatives at Biroidakuni with Holy Mass and flowers. They also pledged an oath in presence of Holy Cross bishop Ponen Paul Kubi of Mymensingh.
“We’ve decided to merge these two villages with Biroidakuni parish in order to help Catholic get better pastoral care. It was a longstanding appeal from the village councils,” Bishop Kubi said.
Garo Catholic housewife Shishilia Snal, 47 said, “We couldn’t go to church regularly due to the long distance and even couldn’t get necessary information. I hope things will be better now.”
Poresh Rangsha, 60, a Garo Catholic village leader said, “We had to come to Haluaghat for administrative and legal purposes some days. Now we can have all Church services at the same time and access them more easily. This change will foster educational and health developments for the villagers.”
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