As a part of its silver jubilee celebrations, parishioners from six churches that come under the Kalyan diocese came together to participate in the Navi Mumbai zone Jubilee minithon, which was held on October 2.
Nearly 500 people participated in the 4-km run that commenced at Juinagar railway station and concluded at Little Flower church in Nerul. The run was held to commemorate 25 years of the Kalyan diocese’s presence in India. The celebrations will culminate on November 10, with a three-day convention also scheduled from November 7 to 9.
Fr Siju Thomas, assistant youth director Kalyan Diocese and director of Navi Mumbai Zonal Youth, said, “This was the first time that we organised such an event where everyone, including the young and old participated in it enthusiastically. Our aim was to get everyone involved and hence we thought it would be best to organise a run. Cultural activities are events where only a group of persons might participate in, but this run brought everyone together.”
There are six churches in Navi Mumbai which come under Kalyan diocese, which includes St Thomas church in Vashi, Infant Jesus church in Kopar Khairane, St Joseph’s church in Airoli, Little Flower Church in Nerul, Infant Jesus Church in Kharghar and St Mary’s Church in CBD Belapur.
All participants were given T-shirts and caps to symbolise uniformity, while nearly 100 youth volunteers kept the event running smoothly.
“It was an enjoyable event and everyone seemed very enthusiastic about it. In 2010, we conducted a similar run, but it was only for the youth. For the first time did we get everyone that included senior citizens, middle aged and youth to participate in an event. What better way to mark our 25th jubilee year,” said Fr Thomas who was seen guiding the participants in the run from the start to end.