'Our Lady of Good Health' celebrates bi-centennial jubilee
'Our Lady of Good Health Parish, Mabole', celebrates its 200-year
jubilee on August 12. The Holy Mass, under the theme of ' A community
rich in their faith and participation,' will be conducted by His
Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, at the newly
In 1816, the statue of Our Lady of Good Health, was donated by a
Portuguese woman - 'Maithree Nona' - shortly before leaving the island
as a token of goodwill towards the community.
In preparation for the 200 bi-centennial celebrations later this
year, the Parish Pastoral Council together with its partners have
planned and executed several infrastructure development projects during
the past year. This includes, the canopy to the main church building -
which was opened and blessed by the Rev. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith,
expansion of the mission house, stations of the Way of the Cross
surrounding the church, resurfacing the approach roads to the Church,
and renovation of the Grotto for Our Lady of Fatima. The area around the
Church has undergone a massive landscaping transformation, particular
significance given to a 'Well'. Many individuals with various
afflictions frequent to bathe in the waters of the well, which they
believe to possess healing properties.
The cost of renovation is an estimated Rs 17 million, and
construction is well on the way. Donations are still welcome.