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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2963

Mass for Peace Offered in Washington D C for 20th Year

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Washington DC, 08 October, ( Sri Lankans in Washington DC held a Mass for Peace at Holy Redeemer Church, Kensington, Maryland recently. It was held for the 20th year this time. The gathering participated in the prayer vigil with hymns in English, Sinhalese and Tamil. Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya and Embassy staff were also present according Maxwell Aruthampillai, a resident of DC for 20 years now, who is also the President of the Sri Lanka-America Catholic Association. Rev. Fr. Percy d’ Silva was the celebrant. A reception followed.

The idea of a Peace Mass came 20 years ago during the time of Edward Peiris and it caught on, said Aruthampillai. The SLA Catholic Association and its members actively took part in the event during the immediate past. Fr. D’ Silva gave a homily and said peace was a vital ingredient in our lives. He said the world longs for peace intensely. The scripture made us believe that peace was a special gift from God. It bonds us together as members of the human family.

The following members of the SLA Catholic Association were in charge of the arrangements regarding the Mass: President Maxwell Aruthampillai, President Elect Navodini Hamsen, Secretary Gayathri Jayawardene, Treasurer Nishan Jayaratnam, Auditor Edward Peiris, Loretta Nedimale, Christine Weeratunga, Clotilda Jayawardene, Devika Maduwamsa, Nadika Welmalkantha, Bernard Wickranayake, Alex Perera, Cecilia Motha and Shehan Sudusinghe.

- Asian Tribune -

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