Annual Katchativu Feast held with Naval assistance
The annual feast of the St. Anthony's Church in
Katchathivu islet was held on Saturday (24 February).
The Church in the Northern islet is an important place
of reverence for both people of the Catholic faith living across the border.
Hundreds of Indian devotees together with the members of Sri Lankan
Catholic community attend the religious ceremonies in the islet which
are held giving prominence to customary rituals and practices.
According to Navy media, the feast was conducted in
Sinhala for the first time this year and in Tamil as well. Incidentally,
this is the second ceremony to be held at the new church constructed by
the Sri Lanka Navy. About 10,000 devotees attended the feast this year.
The Sri Lanka Navy facilitated the transport of
devotees to the islet during the feast. This was made easy by the
opening of the second stage of the Delft Jetty, last week. The Navy also
provided meals and all infrastructure facilities, including sanitary and
drinking water facilities for the visiting devotees. Temporary jetties
were put up to secure their boats safely while special Naval lifesaving
and medical teams were deployed to ensure their safety and welfare.
The State Minister of Child Affairs, Hon. (Mrs.)
Vijayakala Maheswaran, Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ravindra
Wijegunaratne, senior Naval Officers and a large number of religious
dignitaries were also present at the feast.