The first Odgady Bible convention was held on Sunday, 01 March 2020. It was a great day for the mission of Odgady in proclaiming Christ with more zeal and enthusiasm. It started with intercession to Blessed Virgin Mary by reciting the Holy Rosary followed by praise and worship. Before the formal inauguration of the convention, there was a solemn procession carrying the Holy Bible and the statue of Mother Mary from the Church to the convention stage. The Word of God was proclaimed from the Holy Bible by Rev. Fr Antony Panachinkal, the priest in charge of Odgady. The convention was formally inaugurated after the welcome by the Priest in charge and the lighting of the lamp by Rev. Fr John Thoppil, Proto-Syncellus of the Eparchy of Satna. In the inaugural address he stressed the importance of fulfilling and continuing the missionary mandate of Christ to proclaim the Good News to all. He appreciated the initiative in conducting such a programme and underlined the need of continuity of Odgady Bible Convention every year and shared his personal experiences with Blessed Rani Maria as they were contemporaries at Gijwar and Odgady.
The main preacher of the day was Rev. Fr Joshy Chettiyanchira from the Eparchy of Chanda. The preaching was based on St Luke 19: 1-10 – how to see and experience the love and mercy of God in our daily life. Rev. Sr Jasmine FCC spoke on Blessed Rani Maria, her life of evangelization especially in Odgady. The Solemn Pontifical Holy Qurbana was celebrated by Mar Joseph Kodakallil, Bishop of Satna. In his sermon he emphasized the importance of hearing the Word of God and practicing the Word of God in our day today life. A dance drama on Blessed Rani Maria was staged by the candidates of DST and CPS Congregations, Kothi together with the children of Odgady parish. It has definitely inspired the Christian gathering to appropriate the brave lifestyle of Blessed Rani Maria in preaching the Good News and to become the voice of the voiceless. Rev. Fr Thomas Puthenthayil, Director of Christubhaktha Movement, led the afternoon prayer session with deliverance and healing prayers and Eucharistic Adoration. Rev. Sr Jolly, the Superior of Assisi Sadan, Odgady appreciated the programme and proposed vote of thanks. The gathering dispersed after the tea at 4.30 p.m.
We express our sincere gratitude to the Fathers and Sisters and the faithful of Singrauli zone, along with Rev. Fr Francis Mattathil, Rev. Sr. Elizabeth SD and Mr Ansu for the great support and cooperation for the success of this first ever Odgady Bible convention 2020. As per the future plan, the Odgady Bible convention will be organized as an annual event and the next convention will be held on 28 February 2021 led by Rev. Fr. Anil Dev IMS and team from Varanasi.
On the same day foundation stone for the new convent was blessed and laid by Mar Joseph Kodakallil.