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Navy facilitates annual feast at St. Anthony’s Church in Kachchativu

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The annual feast of St. Anthony’s Church in Kachchativu was held on Friday and Saturday (23 and 24). Kachchativu is an islet belonging to Sri Lanka, located close to the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) of Sri Lanka and India. The main mass of the church festival was conducted by the Vicar General of the Jaffna Diocese Rev. Fr. Josephdas Jebaratnam. The proceedings of the event had been organised under the guidance of Jaffna’s District Secretary A. Sivabalasundaram. The main mass was attended by Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, invitees, a large number of devotees and a representative from the Indian Government.

The Navy, in a display of respect for all religions, constructed the new church in Kachchativu. Continuing their tradition, the Navy provided support for the festival’s smooth organisation this year, making available required infrastructure.

At the directives of Navy Commander Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, the Navy ensured facilitation of the annual feast, under the supervision of Commander Northern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Kanchana Banagoda. As such, the Northern Naval Command worked in coordination with the Jaffna District Secretariat and the Delft Divisional Secretariat to provide meals and drinking water, sanitary facilities, put up temporary tents, roads and jetties, make available electricity and deployed lifesaving and medical teams for the safety and convenience of devotees.

Religious dignitaries including fathers and nuns, State officials in the Northern Province, the President of Navy Seva Vanitha Unit (NSVU) Mala Lamahewa and NSVU members, Deputy Area Commander Northern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Ravindra Tissera, Naval personnel from the Northern Naval Command, members of the Navy Christian Council, Armed Force personnel, and a large number of devotees were also present at this event.

 

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